CIS of North Carolina Releases New Data Showing Improved Graduation Rate for Participating Students

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RALEIGH, N.C. - March 3, 2014 - PRLog -- Raleigh – Today, Communities In Schools (CIS), a leading dropout prevention program, released new data from the 2012-13 school year showing more than 215,000 students served across the state – the most the organization has served in its 25 year history.  Of the students served, nearly 96 percent were promoted to the next grade.

Communities In Schools surrounds students with school-wide services such as violence prevention, basic needs services, combating truancy and providing academic supports to improve graduation rates.  Additionally, local CIS staff work with school administrators to identify students in greatest need and provide specific and targeted interventions to increase success in school and life.  Together these services are increasing promotion and graduation rates across the state.

Key findings from the Changing the Picture for North Carolina’s Youth report include:

·      CIS services focus on all aspects of a student’s needs, both academic and non-academic, resulting in a 95.6% rate of promotion to the next grade.  The percent promoted has grown by 1.4% since 2011-12.

·      Students participating in CIS programs in 12th grade graduated at a rate of 96.5%, up more than 2% from 2011-12.

·      CIS students are improving academic achievement and attendance.

·      The greatest challenge of students participating in CIS services is meeting basic needs.

·      A new data point shows that of CIS students graduating, 55 % are moving on to postsecondary education.

Report findings were validated by a third-party review by the RTI International and the complete report can be found online at www.cisnc.org.

The statewide findings are further supported by a report released by Child Trends last week.  In the report, Integrated Student Services: The Evidence, Child Trends finds that programs offering integrated student supports, such as those provided through CIS, increase math achievement, student attendance and lower dropout rates.

The Child Trends Report can be found at www.childtrends.org/ISSreport.

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“At CIS we are focused on surrounding students with the services and supports they need to be successful,” said Eric Hall, President and CEO of Communities In Schools of North Carolina.   “The results being achieved in terms of student promotions and graduations tell us we are on the right track.  Our next goal is to reach more students, in more communities, early in their school careers.”

“Considering programs that serve disadvantaged students, CISNC has collected some of the cleanest data that I have analyzed,” said Laura Knapp, with RTI International.  “In addition to strong school and affiliate level date, CIS national has conducted a rigorous and thoughtful evaluation of their services which proves that the CIS Model lowers dropout rates and increases on-time graduation. This evidence is the result of the coordinated provision of services through CIS versus the provision of uncoordinated services alone.”

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About Communities in Schools of North Carolina

   Communities in Schools of North Carolina is a member of the leading dropout prevention organization in the nation, working collaboratively with 44 NC communities to impact the lives of more than 200,000 youth each year.  CISNC provides students with one-to-one relationships with a caring adult, a safe place to learn and grow, a healthy future, a marketable skill and a chance to give back to the community upon graduation from high school.  The mission of CISNC is to surround students with a community of supports, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.  Visit www.cisnc.org

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