Use real data to help increase U.S. high school graduation rates to 90% by the year 2020.
It’s no secret, a high school diploma matters -- to individuals, communities, and society. United States high school graduates are more likely to be employed and less likely to engage in criminal behavior. They also enjoy better health and longer life expectancy, and are more likely to be engaged in their communities.
At AT&T, we believe that all students deserve the tools to help them reach their full potential. AT&T Aspire is our signature education initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing together diverse resources that focus on high school graduation and career readiness. This includes funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring.
To meet the GradNation Campaign goal of 90% graduation rate by 2020, we need to identify every opportunity that can create success for our nation’s youth. Income, demographics, family dynamics and zip code are all known factors that can play a significant part in a student’s ability to graduate. But what are the unknown factors? Does bullying play a part? Crime? What about local gas prices, weather or transportation factors? Help us figure it out.
We need to make some big bets on innovative new ideas and solutions to reach 90%. Now is your chance to make a difference -- not only for today’s students, but for generations to come.
Here’s the good news, we’ve already identified two distinct approaches for tackling this challenge:
- The first is to use our pre-built dataset, which includes graduation data joined with the maximum overlapping Census data.
- The second is to take a more in depth look at our graduation problem. We’ve provided the individual data sets that we used to join the graduation data and Census data together. In addition, we’ve also provided the mapping logic that includes information about every Census tract that overlaps each school district. We highly encourage you take these all into account.
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Check out the requirements below and then head to the Resources page to check out the current problem state, the required datasets, sample benchmark analyses, and more!