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

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When kids perform poorly in the classroom, it’s the schools that are held accountable, but those who work with low-income students said that academic struggles are often the least of a child’s problems. “We Related: How one district solved its special education dropout problem.

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

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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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Seeking advantage, colleges are increasingly admitting students as sophomores

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By sending them off to spend their freshman years elsewhere and requiring them to meet certain academic targets, for instance, colleges ensure that students are motivated and likely to make it all the way to graduation rather than cost revenue by dropping out.

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

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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

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Most do the majority of their work online, though some choose to learn with a standard textbook. Moreover, for alternative programs to successfully serve at-risk students, they need to provide support services, such as counseling, that go beyond academic instruction, he said.

Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners?

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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.