Driven by a spirit of collaboration and a shared mission, the YTTF has seen tremendous success. Between 2004 and 2014, Boston’s dropout rate was cut in half while the graduation rate rose. In 2013, the number of dropouts per year dipped below 1,000 for the first time in recorded history.
Working with State Senator Edward Augustus, the Task Force helped the Dropout Prevention and Recovery Act pass in 2008, which formed a commission that published “Making the Connection: A Report of the Dropout Prevention and Recovery and Graduation Commission” the next year. Encouraged by these developments, the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) mobilized other urban districts to start organizing their own responses to the dropout crisis and the state lowered its dropout rate by over half between 2007 and 2014.
For more information about the Youth Transitions Task Force, contact Kathy Hamilton, Youth Transitions Director.