Accelerating Graduation by Reducing Achievement Disparities (A-GRAD) is Hennepin County’s commitment to setting policy and making investments to ensure youth graduate from high school.
A-GRAD focuses on how Hennepin County does its work, leverages its investments, engages with partners and holds itself accountable for increased educational success.
A-GRAD team members work with county departments to:
- Make sure the county is a leader and partner in increasing Hennepin County high school graduation rates
- Ensure that county resources support models that demonstrate school success
- Implement evidence-based strategies that increase graduation rates
- Change county culture so that all staff and contractors are helping children succeed in school and are supporting parents’ involvement in their children’s education
In October of 2006, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution calling for a long-range plan to ensure all Hennepin County youth graduate from high school.