Office of Student and Family Support
Graduation Rate Summit - March 5, 2007
"The Power of Community Partnerships"
March 5, 2007
DCU Center - Worcester
The Massachusetts Department of Education, in collaboration with the other youth-serving state agencies and the Pathways to Success by 21 (P21) initiative, is sponsoring an inter-agency High School Graduation Rate Summit. Governor Patrick will be opening the Summit.
Based on the Department's recently released graduation rate data, about 80 percent of the nearly 75,000 students in the class of 2006 graduated four years after starting high school as freshmen.
According to Board of Education Chairman Christopher R. Anderson, "while by national standards Massachusetts is doing comparatively well, the results are concerning given the global imperative of transforming education in the Commonwealth. To boost the state's graduation rate we must create a comprehensive plan."
The goals of the Graduation Rate Summit are to: 1) acknowledge that the graduation rate is an issue for the entire state and that the solutions include collaboration with state partners, not just schools; 2) showcase replicable practices from the organizations, partnerships, and schools that are doing an impressive job to assist students in staying in school; and 3) provide an opportunity for structured inter-agency regional discussions on improving the number of students who graduate from high school.
The intended audience for this Summit are "decision-makers" in Public School Districts, Higher Education, Workforce Development, Department of Youth Services, Department of Social Services, Department of Mental Health, Department of Public Health, Department of Transitional Assistance, Mass Rehab Commission, and Community Based Organizations.
For more information and to register for this important event, please see: http://www.doe.mass.edu/conference/?ConferenceID=262