American Graduate

Elaine Fahrner Remembered as a Champion for Graduation

Posted by on November 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm

NPT mourns the passing of Elaine Fahrner, who was an original American Graduate Champion. She was a dedicated and determined advocate for every student and saw great potential in everyone.  NPT was privileged to partner with her on the American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative, focusing on improving the graduation rate—a passion of Elaine’s.  […]

NPT Reports: Graduation by the Numbers

Posted by on January 24, 2013 at 10:55 am

Half-hour documentary looks at “Graduation by the Numbers;” part of national “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen” initiative. NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Nashville Public Television (NPT-Channel 8)  takes an in-depth look at efforts in Nashville to keep students in school until they graduate in “NPT Reports: Graduation by the Numbers,” premiering Thursday, January 24 at 9:00 […]

NPT Reports: High School`s `College Zone` Gets Students on Track

Posted by on December 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Principal Ron Woodard is the epitome of ‘in your face’—but in a good way. He’s trying to change the culture of Maplewood High School and get college on his students’ minds, everyday. “I think it provides students with a focus,” said Woodard, Executive Principal of Maplewood High School in Metro Nashville Public Schools. “At the […]

NPT Reports on the Immigrant Side of the Dropout Crisis in `Translating the Dream`

Posted by on October 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Half-hour documentary presented as part of NPT’s ‘American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen’ Initiative; airs Thursday, October 4 at 9:30 p.m. NASHVILLE, Tennessee – October 3, 2012 – According the Tennessee Department of Education 2011 Report Card , the graduation rate for among English Language Learners (ELL) students in the state in was 70%, compared […]

NPT Reports: Average Students Become High Achievers with the AVID Program

Posted by on September 17, 2012 at 11:30 am

Leann Norrod has big dreams. “My goals are to get into Watkins university and get my degree for photography, and then to work for National Geographic,” says Norrod. But the high school senior didn’t always see herself as college-bound, or even making it out of high school. “Before I just thought what does school matter? […]

(NPT Reports) Overton Freshmen Make Commitment to Graduate

Posted by on March 26, 2012 at 10:27 am

At Nashville’s Overton High School, 9th grade students spent a lot of time this school year planning for graduation—four years from now. Every freshman had to write down specific steps to reach the goal of graduating with the class in 2015. They also had to name 3 people who can help support them in the […]

(NPT Reports) Teachers Have Their Say at NPT Town Hall Event

Posted by on February 17, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Smaller class size is a big factor in improving student performance– one of many revealing comments from teachers who gathered for a town hall style discussion at Nashville Public Television. The Teacher Town Hall drew more than 100 teachers from several different school districts in middle Tennessee. Here is a preview of the broadcast that will air […]

(NPT Reports) E.L.L. Graduates Don`t Always Count in TN Graduation Rate

Posted by on January 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm

  Every high school diploma does not count when it comes to the graduation rate in Tennessee. Beginning last year with the Class of 2011, students are required to finish high school in 4 years by age 18 in order to count in the state graduation rate ( see “Calculating and Reporting High School Graduation […]

(NPT Reports) Data System Key to Drop-out Prevention in Nashville Schools

Posted by on January 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm

For many students who do not make it to high school graduation, there are warning signs; indicators that are not obvious or that may be disregarded until it is too late. If educators could spot drop-out indicators every day for each student, they would have a powerful tool for improving the graduation rate. Nashville School officials […]

(NPT Reports) Nashville School Helps Dropouts Get on Graduation Track

Posted by on December 12, 2011 at 10:21 am

The school day has just begun at the Academy at Old Cockrill Academy at Old Cockrill in Nashville, when a loud air horn goes off in the hallway. The noise brings students and teachers from their classrooms with smiling faces, knowing looks and a buzz of excitement. Everyone at this non-traditional high school knows what it […]