Graduation Success Initiative: A Full Court Press Approach


In 2011, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS)-one of the largest school districts in the state of North Carolina-developed and implemented the Graduation Success Initiative (GSI). It began as a student-centered districtwide approach to assess each senior’s status in meeting graduation requirements. While maintaining the student-centered focus, the GSI has evolved into an integrated and systematic tool-used by many stakeholders-that promotes graduation integrity and success. The result for CMS has been a significant increase in graduation rates. This presentation will include a brief overview of CMS, the superintendent’s vision, the first year’s creation and implementation of the GSI, the current process, and outcomes. Viewers of this Solutions program will learn about: The challenges of a large urban school district as it pertains to graduation success Why there was a need for a systematic approach Lessons learned from the first year of implementation The current process Outcomes and successes as a result of the GSI

January 26, 2016 50:37
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With a national dropout rate well exceeding 30% for many subpopulations, we face a national crisis. In South Carolina, the situation is even worse. By sharing what actually works to combat this challenges in our state and across our nation’s future, the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network is committed to providing information to the relevant constituencies on research-based solutions to the dropout crisis. Solutions to the Dropout Crisis is a professional development broadcast produced by Clemson University Broadcast Productions for the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network. Solutions airs the second Tuesday of each month throughout the year, bringing the best in professional learning opportunities to its viewers as they seek ongoing strategies and information related to dropout prevention, intervention, and recovery to improve high school graduation rates and school dropout rates. For more related links and resources related to each program, visit