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National Survey on Strategies to Help At-Risk Students Graduate

Intended for practitioners and policymakers, this series of issue briefs is addressing the gap in knowledge about the prevalence and characteristics of high school improvement strategies designed to help at-risk students graduate. 

In 2014–15, the U.S. high school graduation rate reached a record high of 83%. Despite ongoing gains, more than half a million students still drop out of high school each year. High schools have adopted various strategies to keep students who are at risk of not graduating in school and on track for graduation.

The U.S. Department of Education sponsored the National Survey on High School Strategies to Help At-Risk Students Graduate to obtain descriptive information on 13 strategies identified through SRI’s collaboration with an expert panel. The survey was fielded in the 2014–15 school year to a nationally representative sample of over 2,000 high schools.

The issue briefs on the survey data are intended to inform policy related to high school improvement. For example, the brief on early warning systems was featured as a resource at the Second Annual White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools.

The study is part of a task ordering agreement to provide analytic, evaluation, and policy support to the Department of Education.

Copies of all briefs can be found at