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Graduation Equity Initiative

What works to improve student success? The Graduation Equity Initiative is collecting the key practices and process of school districts in Washington State that have had positive impacts on graduation rates. For over a year, districts have shared documents, and were visited by OSPI staff and researchers who worked to identify common elements of their work to inform the efforts of others.

The purpose of the Graduation Equity Initiative is to:

  • Increase graduation rates…every student ready for career, college and life
  • Increase equity in key performance indicators, including graduation rates, chronic absenteeism, and 9th grade course failure)

Cohort 2
Cohort 2 Outlier Districts


Spotlight on Graduation
OSPI wants to improve support for school districts toward improved graduation rates with equity. The Graduation Success Initiative is identifying common frameworks, components and practices that have been implemented in districts that are seeing results, particularly in high graduation rates with improved equity for low income students.

Cohort 2 - Small Districts

Ephrata School District

Kettle Falls School District

Manson School District

North Franklin School District

Rainier School District

Reardan-Edwall School District

West Valley School District-Spokane

Cohort 1 - Midsize to Large Districts

Franklin Pierce School District (PDF) | District Website

Kelso School District (PDF) | District Website

Spokane Public Schools (PDF) | District Website

Sunnyside School DistrictM; System of Support (PDF) | District Website

Why these districts?
These districts were identified with data showing outstanding graduation rates, with little disproportionality for students in poverty. Cohort 1 is made up of midsize to large districts and Cohort 2 is made up of small districts.

Common Elements
Common themes emerged including processes that address:

  • Adult expectations that all students are capable of success, and adults are accountable
  • Clearly defined goals and outcome measures
  • Data based Dropout Early Warning and Intervention Systems (DEWIS)
  • Positive school climate
  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support: Prevention, Intervention and Reengagement
  • Emphasis on transition years: elementary to middle school, middle to high school
  • Connections to mental health and drug & alcohol supports Professional Learning Communities (PLC)


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