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MassGrad Implementation and Planning Awards

Through a competitive procurement process, school districts throughout the Commonwealth were selected to be Implementation and Planning Awardees. These Awardees are employing research-based practices to increase their high school graduation rates.

MassGrad Implementation Awards

17 districts across the state, targeting a total of 28 high schools, received a multi-year Implementation contract award in 2011 to implement dropout prevention, intervention and recovery strategies. All Implementation Awardees selected up to three research-based strategy areas (from a menu of seven strategies), in which to focus their activities.

The menu of seven research-based dropout reduction strategies includes:

  1. Alternative pathways to meet a range of student needs
  2. Adult advocates for student support, including Graduation Coaches and Re-engagement Coaches
  3. Positive school climate and socio-emotional systems of support - including implementation of the Massachusetts Behavioral Health and Public Schools Framework.
  4. Service-learning and work-based learning models specifically targeting students most likely to not graduate.
  5. Credit recovery, credit acceleration, and distance learning expansion through development of courses/modules, pilot implementation of courses/modules, and training of staff.
  6. Expansion of the school year/ structured learning time and summer transition programs.
  7. Programs and systems specifically designed to serve transient students, including migrant students, ELL students, refugees, immigrants, and other newcomers.

In addition to work within their own district, these MassGrad awardees meet throughout the year as a learning community to exchange best practices and strategize responses to challenges.

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Information about the seven research-based MassGrad Implementation strategy
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Details about the Implementation Award sites (districts and high schools)

Evaluation briefs on the implementation of the seven strategy areas are listed on the "MassGrad Evaluation Reports" webpage.

MassGrad Planning Awards

13 districts across the state, targeting a total of 18 high schools, received a one-year planning award in 2011 to develop a dropout prevention and recovery action plan.

Last Updated: October 7, 2013

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