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All ninth graders study at the local 4-H center in this Maine district

The Hechinger Report

Together, they created a curriculum that incorporates state academic standards into personalized learning projects that reflect students’ particular needs and interests, such as caring for the campus goats and planting a self-sustaining classroom garden.

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How a dropout factory raised its graduation rate from 53 percent to 75 percent in three years

The Hechinger Report

So our daily greeting provides a positive interaction before they get into their classroom.”. Related: How one district solved its special education dropout problem. Together they review a list of students for whom the data indicates a dropout risk.

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High schools fail to provide legally required education to students with disabilities

The Hechinger Report

Their disabilities shouldn’t keep them from achieving the same standards as their peers — and experts estimate that up to 90 percent of students with disabilities are capable of graduating high school fully prepared to tackle college or a career if they receive proper support along the way.

A charter chain thinks it has the answer for alternative schools

The Hechinger Report

The Altus network relies on a self-paced, independent study program and a personalized, blended learning model they’ve built up over a quarter century. Most do the majority of their work online, though some choose to learn with a standard textbook.

Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners?

MindShift

Research has shown that a majority of the educators who teach English-language learners (ELLs) are creating their own instructional materials — often with little oversight — that don’t necessarily match the student’s grade level or the rigor required by state academic standards. public schools and historically have some of the lowest test scores and highest dropout rates of all student groups.