9th Grade Counts Network
As part of Raise DC's Graduation Pathways Project, the 9th Grade Counts Network (9GCN) is a Change Network formed in 2015 to ensure that every student transitions successfully to and through 9th grade, on track to graduate. Comprised of school-based partners, community-based organizations, and government agencies, 9GCN empowers schools with the right information to better meet the needs of incoming 9th graders and equips students with the opportunities and resources to succeed in 9th grade.
Bridge to High School Data Exchange
Through the 9th Grade Counts Network (9GCN), stakeholders are collaborating to strengthen student transitions from middle to high school. In summer 2016, the 9GCN, with leadership from OSSE, piloted a Bridge to High School Data Exchange to equip participating high schools with key student-level data for their incoming 9th graders. Since then, this data exchange has served as a launch pad for members to scale effective practices, develop middle-to-high school partnerships, and elevate specific infrastructure and policy barriers that need to be addressed to key citywide leaders. In SY 19-20, 95% of eligible middle and high school campuses are participating, representing 5,000+ enrolling 9th graders.
Bridge to High School Kid Talk
In response to local education agency (LEA) feedback from a Bridge to High School Data Exchange survey, Raise DC and OSSE launched “Kid Talk” in August 2017. Kid Talk offers middle schools and high schools an opportunity to connect in person to:
Review 8th grade data and offer insights to guide student-specific planning for rising 9th graders
Launch ongoing working relationships between middle and high schools to continue to support shared students throughout their freshman year.
Now in its third year, the Bridge to High School Kid Talk is aiming for participation from more than 30 campuses.