Model Program

Graduation Coach Initiative

1870 Twin Towers East
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30334
http://gadoe.org/tss_school_improve.aspx?PageReq=TSSGraduationCoach

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Contact Information:
Lynda Martin
Director
404.463.0976
lmartin@doe.k12.ga.us

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention
Intervention
Recovery/Reentry

Both

Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School
High School

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City

School Wide

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

The High School Graduation Coach initiative, championed by Governor Sonny Perdue during the 2006 legislative session, allows each of Georgia's high schools and middle schools to employ a coach. This is the first program of its kind to be implemented statewide. The coach's primary responsibility is to identify at-risk students and help them succeed in school by keeping them on track academically before they consider dropping out. The coaches identify, recruit and engage parents and concerned adults, organizations and government agencies to serve in a variety of ancillary roles. The Georgia Department of Education and Communities In Schools provides training, support, and technical assistance.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Attendance/Truancy, Career Education, Counseling/Advisories/Coaches, Family/Parental Involvement, Mentoring/Tutoring, Study Skills, Life Skills Training

Strategies for Locating Students:
Unspecified

Starting Date: 2006
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Reenrolled Students with Disabilities: N/A
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • High-risk peer group
  • High-risk social behavior
  • Highly socially active outside of school
  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Poor attendance
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Involvement with positive peer activities

Optimism

  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies
School Districts

Teachers
Counselors
Graduation Coaches

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Unspecified

Georgia Department of Education

Evaluation Information:

The state's graduation rate has increased from 72.3% in 2007 to 75.4% in 2008 - a record high for Georgia. This 3.1% rate increase represents 8,277 additional graduates for the 2007-2008 school year. Additionally, the state's dropout rate decreased from 4.1% to 3.7%. Based on the 2007 Bureau of Statistics calculations, the additional 8,277 Georgia students who graduated during the 2007-08 school year have the potential to add more than $75 million dollars in revenue per year to the state's economy.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

Additional Evaluation Information:
http://gadoe.org/DMGetDocument.aspx/2007-08