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

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Talent Development Secondary, a nonprofit that grew out of a Johns Hopkins University study on dropout rates, is the data-driven arm of the Diplomas Now model; it identifies kids at risk of dropping out and establishes a schoolwide process of intervention and support services to keep them on track to graduate. 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.

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

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Working with Ryder Scott, the statewide director of the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center, Murphy created a program that merged outdoor and farm-based education with academic instruction, ultimately creating a faculty of five: a humanities teacher, a science teacher, an outdoor education teacher and two 4-H professionals. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts Personalized Learning Rural schools


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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. Most require that the students meet minimum academic standards and earn a predetermined number of credits.

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. high school with a traditional diploma, proving that his disability didn’t prevent him from meeting the same standards as his peers. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Special education

OPINION: We need more teachers of color. Getting there requires ambitious equitable solutions

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Yet research tells us that exposure to a Black teacher in elementary school can reduce the high school dropout rate for low-income Black male students by 39 percent. Better preparing candidates for licensure exams and rigorous academic standards.

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.