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Graduation Alliance: A partnership to re-engage chronically absent students

Partnership Background and Purpose


The Department of Public Instruction awarded $5 million to Graduation Alliance to identify and re-engage chronically absent students. This project was part of the Wisconsin Joint Committee on Finance’s Motion 57 for ESSER III funding and was approved by the United States Department of Education (USDE).  This support program is available through June 1, 2024. For more information please visit: 

Districts Utilizing the Graduation Alliance Partnership

Bayfield School District

Big Foot Union High School

CESA 10 Consortium 

Columbus School District

DeForest Area School District

Fontana School District

Green Bay Public Schools

Holy Hill Area School District

Madison Metro School District

Mellen School District

Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District

Milwaukee Math and Science Academy

New Glarus School District

Osceola School District

Osseo-Fairchild School District

Parkview School District

Racine Unified School District

Rib Lake School District

Saint Croix Falls School District

School District of Altoona

School District of Waukesha

Sevastopol School District

Waupaca School District

Resources and Information

ENGAGE Wisconsin, a new program from Graduation Alliance in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, will serve students in grades K-12 and provide academic and social-emotional support to boost school attendance and academic performance.

This program is available to school districts, students, and families at no cost. When a Local Education Agency (LEA) chooses to participate in the program, the LEA will be able to refer eligible students to be connected with a personal Academic Success Coach who:

● Conducts risk assessments to identify any barriers to school engagement and academic success.

● Builds personalized success coaching plans.

● Regularly works with the students to help them navigate challenges and be their best.

An independent evaluation of the ENGAGE program demonstrated significant gains in student attendance, GPA, credit earned rate, and graduation rate when comparing students who were referred to the program and participated to those who did not participate.

DPI encourages LEAs to utilize their local Dropout Early Warning System (DEWS) or College and Career Readiness Early Warning System (CCREWS) data to identify those students who will benefit the most from this program.

The goals of ENGAGE Wisconsin are to:

● Reach students as fast as possible.

● Identify their academic and social-emotional barriers to school engagement and academic success.

● Provide them with individualized, ongoing human support.

● Stabilize and improve their attendance and academic performance.

Graduation Alliance Contract for Services

This support program is available through June 1, 2024. For more information please visit:

Partnership Contacts 

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