CRN - Research & Strategies

Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

CYC stands out as a nonprofit because of its ability to change and evolve depending on the needs of school districts, individual students, and local communities. Local data analysis coupled with national research allows CYC to understand the struggles of students and schools and make strategic decisions around outreach recovery, intervention, and new school creation. In addition to providing direct service to students, CYC helps schools build capacity by keeping students on track towards Graduation.


  •  Building a Grad Nation (2015)

Progress and challenge in ending the high school dropout epidemic.

High school graduation rates are rising across America. The number of young people who graduateeach year has increased significantly over the last decade, boosting their opportunities to go on tocollege, get a decent job, and be engaged members of their communities.This year’s report to the nation shows that for the third year in a row America is on track to achieve thecritical goal of 90 percent on-time high school graduation by the Class of 2020. The greatest gains ingraduation rates have come among African American and Hispanic students. Some states and schooldistricts with large numbers of low-income students have made good progress, showing that others cantoo. The focused and sustained effort by the GradNation campaign’s broad coalition of nonprofit groups,businesses, civic leaders, educators, and public officials is paying off.

  • District to District Student Transfer and Transitions Resource Now Available! In response to district requests, CDE has created a resource to support the effective transfers and transitions of students between districts.  These webpages present requirements and best practices around enrollment, course placement, withdrawal and transcripts and records. Please share this resource with appropriate district and school contacts.

  • District and School Data Dashboard 

View the Updated School and District Data Dashboards

School and district data dashboards provide visualizations of demographic, performance and accountability data. Due to the accountability clock pause, performance frameworks will not be released in 2015-16. Data that is typically shared through the frameworks (e.g., postsecondary workforce readiness indicators) are available this year through the state data resource report embedded within the dashboard. Other displays were updated with recent data, as possible. These resources should be valuable to district and school teams in updating their unified improvement plans.
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  • Don't Quit on Me: What young people who left school say about the power of relationship

A new report released today by America’s Promise Alliance examines the roles that supportive relationships play in young people’s decisions to stay in, leave and return to school. The report is a follow-up to Don’t Call Them Dropouts

  • Empowering English Learners through School and Community Partnerships
Community partners help schools and districts support the learning and development of a range
 of children often narrowly labeled as “English learners” – newcomers, refugees, immigrants, and children of immigrants – in culturally responsive ways that go far beyond language acquisition. The stories in this issue of VUE illustrate the power of recognizing students’ heritage languages and cultural backgrounds as assets to the communities they live in. To gain access to this publication, click HERE.
    • The Family Leadership Self-Assessment Rubric: An Indicator Tool for School DistrictsThis tool is based on the principal that educational opportunities for low-income students and students of color increase when families are actively engaged as leaders in system-wide reform. The tool includes a report that outlines a framework of concrete, actionable, indicators for school systems and their partners to help them actively develop parent leadership, with CFSD’s work to build authentic family leadership as a case study. A self-assessment rubric of indicators, aligned to the framework, follow. Follow the link to access the tool-
    • The Higher Education-District Partnership Self-Assessment Rubric: An Indicator ToolThis tool examines an agreement between CFSD and Rhode Island College that formed a comprehensive “Innovation Lab” to engage the university and the district in experimentation and invention. This tool provides a framework to help school systems and higher education institutions form effective partnerships grounded in community engagement, followed by a self-assessment rubric of indicators aligned to the framework. It was developed as a reflection tool for other districts and universities to strengthen their collaborations. Follow the link to access the tool-
    • The Updated CO Education Accountability Handbook

    The accountability handbook is updated and available. The biggest shifts in the document reflect the state assessment transition and the accountability clock pause (H.B. 15-1323). Otherwise, the handbook provides districts and schools with a description of the state accountability process, stakeholder roles (e.g., local boards, districts, accountability committees), coordination with Elementary and Secondary Education Act requirements, improvement planning expectations, timelines and related resources.
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