Education Policy

Communities in Action

School Holding Power
Ideas for Strategy and Action

Communities and their neighborhood public schools can turn the tide. Together we can and must guarantee that every child graduates from high school ready for college and the world of work. Strategic action to address school holding power is two pronged:

Community-based action – that reclaims neighborhood public schools, strengthens schools through school-community partnerships and holds schools and stakeholders accountable for student success.

Statewide systems change – to strengthen school holding power so all schools ensure that all children succeed and graduate. Each strategy must be informed by quality data about student outcomes and the factors that make up effective schools.

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Tools for Community-School Level Action

IDRA has developed the OurSchool portal that places accurate, high quality information in the hands of people at the leading edge of systems change. Through the portal, educators and community members can find out how well their high school campus is preparing and graduating students, what factors may be weakening school holding power, and what they can do to address them.

Organized around IDRA’s Quality Schools Action Framework, the portal provides actionable knowledge on:

  • Student Engagement
  • Parent and Community Engagement
  • Teaching Quality
  • Curriculum Quality and Access
  • Governance Efficacy
  • Funding Equity