To learn more about the needs and opportunities involving youth who are disengaged or disconnected from high school, read Untapped Potential: Engaging all Connecticut Youth.
Dalio Education works directly with young people, educators, youth development professionals, community leaders, policymakers, and other experts to listen, learn, and act on insights shared with us. To expand what we know about the experiences of young people, we commissioned Untapped Potential in 2016, a detailed exploration of key barriers to success. We also partner with others to produce research that builds the evidence base for what we know about needs and opportunities, including A Nation at Hope (2019) working together with the Aspen Institute and other partners as well as The Digital Divide in Connecticut (2020) through a joint effort with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.
78% Of disengaged and disconnected youth are low-income, Black, or Latinx
34% Of disengaged and disconnected youth are English language learners or students with disabilities
48% Of students who are disengaged entering and through 9th grade do not graduate in four years
Concentration of disengaged or disconnected youth by town
Produced by the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, the report A Nation at Hope makes a definitive case that preparing students for success in school, career, and life requires educating the “whole child” by teaching social and emotional skills in addition to academics, as well as cultivating safe, supportive environments.
Nearly one in four Connecticut households did not have high-speed internet subscriptions at home before the COVID-19 pandemic. Connectivity deficits fall hardest on low-income households in the state’s largest cities, as well as on older adults and communities of color.
Progress has been made in addressing these gaps, especially for students engaged in remote learning, thanks to leadership from state, district, and philanthropic partners. But permanently closing these gaps for everyone is a policy challenge that will require a range of stakeholders across the public and private sectors to work together.
An accompanying survey, for which the key results are available here, gauges public opinion on the report's findings.