Traditional metrics for tracking progress toward graduation can obscure the progress of those students least well served by the education system who end up off track to graduate in 4 years, and they can even disincentivize educators from focusing on these students. In alternative high schools, which tend to serve large proportions of students with nonconventional paths, these metrics do not function at all. SRI researchers and five alternative high school leaders participating in the Barr Foundation’s Beyond Engage New England Initiative collaborated to develop new measures of progress toward graduation and graduation rates that are tailored to the unique paths of their students.
This brief describes the development process, rationale, and calculation of these new metrics.
- Equitably Measuring Student Progress to Graduation: Insights from the Engage New England Initiative (PDF)
Warner, M., Saucedo, D., and Park, C. (2023). Equitably Measuring Student Progress to High School Graduation: Insights from the Engage New England Initiative. SRI International.