Based on the goals set, the Diplomas Now team tracks attendance, behavior and course performance –student by student– on a bi-weekly basis. We regularly review the effectiveness of the strategy for the school and make adjustments accordingly. Twice a year, we report overall statistics for attendance, behavior and course performance for the school. We also survey teachers, principals and students to determine if they believe they are making the progress that they want to make.
In the 2009‐2010 school year, Diplomas Now was implemented in three high‐poverty middle schools in Philadelphia where 84% of students are eligible to receive free or reduced price lunch. Working in partnership with school leadership and teachers, the Diplomas Now model accomplished the following results.
- 55% reduction in the number of students with attendance below 80%.
- 52% reduction in the number of students with 3 or more negative behavior marks
- 82% reduction in the number of students receiving an F in Math
- 78% reduction in the number of students receiving an F in English
The 2010-2011 school year was Jackson High School’s first‐year as a Diplomas Now school. From the beginning to the middle of the 2010‐11 school year, the school saw the following results.
- 53% reduction in the number of ninth‐graders failing math
- 42% reduction in the number of students failing English
The 2010‐11 school year results from Seattle’s Diplomas Now middle schools are equally compelling. During the year, the school saw dramatic results.
- 48% reduction in the number of students receiving disciplinary sanctions
- 56 % reduction in the number of students failing math
- 33% reduction in the number of students failing English
Since Diplomas Now began working at Walter L. Cohen High School in the Recovery School District of New Orleans in 2009, attendance and course performance have improved, and suspensions have declined significantly.
- Decrease in percentage of ninth‐graders missing 20 or more days a year from 79 to 52%
- 19% increase in the number of students earning As and Bs
- 12% reduction in the number receiving Ds and Fs
- 40% reduction in the average number of suspension days in 2010
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