Ninth Grade Counts Site Visits

This August, over 30 of our engaged funders, partners and community members joined All Hands Raised for one of four Ninth Grade Counts Field Trips — it meant a lot to our school and community partners, and the students they serve, that our guests took the time to visit with them and see impact this summer’s 16 programs, operating at 26 sites, have on our kids. As one former student said at a visit, “Ninth Grade Counts gave me the wings to fly.”

This is the ninth summer All Hands Raised has partnered across Multnomah County to ensure that our eighth grade students, especially those most at risk of dropping out, have the opportunity to start high school on strong footing. As our guests experienced, All Hands Raised provides services to our Ninth GradeCounts (NGC) partners, including:

 

Facilitating Data Collection and Analysis

Since 2009, NGC has served more than 7,800 students–76% students of color, 76% low-income students, and 26% English Language Learners. All Hands Raised pulls data from multiple data systems at our schools and partner organizations to ensure programs are able to learn from one another and to focus on what’s making an impact.

  • Academic priority students (those at risk of not graduating) who participate in NGC meet the crucial “on track to graduate” threshold by earning six credits in ninth grade at an average of 7 percentage points higher than those who do not participate.
  • Academic priority participants consistently earn an average of more than the required six credits.

 

Ensuring Students are Awarded Credit: A Key Predictor of Student Success

Students complete meaningful and academically-aligned learning through NGC’s programs, yet prior to 2013, students who participated in a NGC program that was run by a culturally specific organization or other nonprofit could not receive academic credit for participating. All Hands Raised brought together curriculum directors from six districts to develop a process to ensure all students who complete a rigorous summer program earn credit. As a result, by 2015, 96% of participating students received elective credit, allowing them to start high school a step closer to graduation. This system upgrade–where our community organizations are integrated and aligned–has generated national interest.

 

Sustaining Momentum

For nearly a decade All Hands Raised has helped keep our community focused on the critical transition into high school. You see it built into the budgets and strategic priorities of our partner schools and organizations, signaling the systemic change necessary to improving outcomes.

Our students succeed when we all work together to provide the support and interventions to keep them on track.