This paper focuses on the Obama administration’s American Graduation Initiative (AGI) and the associated completion agenda.
In this paper, we provide an in-depth overview of the AGI with a focus on: (a) articulating the rationale that prompted the AGI; (b) describing the four primary components of the reform effort; (c) examining the political forces that led to its demise; (d) investigating the derivatives of the AGI in the form of private foundation and state-level efforts to bolster success rates; and (e) illuminating criticisms of the AGI that could have served to complicate the initiative’s success.
In the latter section of the paper, we also offer recommendations for future national and state policy.
Wood, J.L. and Harrison, J.D. (2014), "The 2020 American Graduation Initiative: A Clear Vision or Dim View?", The Obama Administration and Educational Reform (Advances in Education in Diverse Communities, Vol. 10), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 119-139. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-358X20130000010006
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