How one district solved its special education dropout problem

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He remembers thinking it looked like a book you’d find in an elementary school, with a picture of the numbers 1 through 9 written in the sand of a beach on the cover. The district’s class of 2010 had a 73 percent graduation rate for students in special education and a 13 percent dropout rate — double the dropout rate for the student body overall. The high dropout rate for students with disabilities is a pressing national problem.

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Lansford went on to say that access to treatment for drug or mental health issues may result in a decrease in the negative outcomes for dropouts. In addition, she said comprehensive sex education and access to birth control in high school while simultaneously working to reduce bullying in elementary schools may not only improve outcomes for those who drop out of high school, but also keep them from dropping out in the first place. (Photo: Pexels, Creative Commons).


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They didn’t turn in their work for remote school. Their parents were threatened with courts and fines

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Hayden, typically an A or B student, has had difficulty making the transition from elementary school to middle school online. Coronavirus and Education Elementary to High School News Discipline Graduation and dropouts online learning Parents Social emotional

Will the students who didn’t show up for online class this spring go missing forever?

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Monica Williams remembers the late May day she and first grade teacher Lizette Gutierrez reconnected with the four young siblings from Cable Elementary. No teachers from the San Antonio elementary had heard from the children since schools closed abruptly in March due to the pandemic.

Students have their own demands for school reopening

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Elementary students told Pressley they wanted more opportunities to interact with their classmates; one fourth grader suggested Zoom recess. Chloe Pressley, 17, didn’t like what she was hearing. This story also appeared in PBS Newshour.

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As Harlem Children’s Zone moves to export its model nationwide, Obama’s Promise Neighborhoods offer cautionary tales

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In the most recent, pre-pandemic school data available, only 31 percent of elementary school students within the Promise Neighborhood zone were scoring at proficiency in English, and only 16 percent in math.

Should we screen kids’ genes to ‘predict’ how successful they’ll be in school?

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Elementary to High School Gifted Education’s Race Problem News achievement gap Curriculum Data and research Gifted education Graduation and dropouts povertyMany factors boost a child’s chance of success in school — like having wealthy parents who can afford tutors.

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‘It’s really hard to parent from behind bars’

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Critical Condition: The Students the Pandemic Hit Hardest Early Education Elementary to High School News Race and Equity Civil rights Data and research Graduation and dropouts Law and policy Mental health and trauma Parents Politics poverty Principals Race Social emotionalThis winter, before the pandemic changed everything, Brittany Jefferson spent weekdays at a call center, putting in hours through a work release program as she neared the end of a four-year stint in prison.

The educational value of a black teacher

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In a 2017 study published by the Institute of Labor Economics, researchers found that low- income black male elementary school students who were paired with a black teacher in the third, fourth, or fifth grades were 39 percent less likely to drop out of high school. Andre Perry Columnists K-12 New Orleans News Race and Equity achievement gap Charters Column Graduation and dropouts Race teachers

‘Backpacks full of boulders’: How one district is addressing the trauma undocumented children bring to school

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Cooper Lane Elementary School in Maryland’s Prince George’s County school district had almost 550 children, 60 percent of whom are Hispanic. Berta Romero is a counselor for English learners in Mary Harris Mother Jones Elementary school in Adelphi. ADELPHI, Md.

Coronavirus becomes unprecedented test for teacher-student relationships

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Along with Rose, I contacted a middle and an elementary school teacher to see how they are faring. In Wood’s suburban Massachusetts district, elementary school educators were so concerned about their students they held a car parade , driving through streets and shouting greetings from a distance. NEW YORK — Social studies teacher Karen Rose stepped out of New Rochelle High School last month for what will likely be the last time.

OPINION: Why school shutdowns are a disaster for science classes

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While pre-Ks, elementary schools and some schools for children with complex disabilities reopened in December, there is still no plan to reopen middle and high schools. Related: We must boost elementary science education.

Home visiting in high school: Trying an intervention for toddlers on teenagers

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The success of home visits has been well documented for infants and has been studied at the elementary and middle school level , but it’s an open question whether these visits make a difference for older students, according to some experts. Like elementary and middle school home visits, high school home visits are all about relationship building. Higher Ed K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education completion poverty Rural schools

The messy reality of personalized learning

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In tiny Foster, Rhode Island, teachers at Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School use high-tech methods to teach a largely rural, off-the-grid population. Down Route 6, not far from the Shady Acres Restaurant and Dairy, is Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School. Two years ago, Isaac Paine Elementary won a competitive grant from the Rhode Island Office of Innovation to become a showcase “lighthouse school,” part of a statewide push to bring tech into education.

Progress in the Deep South: Black students combat segregation, poverty and dwindling school funding

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High school dropouts are much more likely to be unemployed and earn thousands of dollars less per year than people with higher levels of education. But before that he was a student at Cottonport Elementary, which is majority black, almost entirely low-income and has struggled for years to improve its academic performance. LaFargue Elementary has the lowest percentage of black students in the parish and the lowest rate of teacher turnover — only 10 percent left last year.

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” We have a significantly low dropout rate and high on-time graduation rate in Albemarle. She subsequently served as a central office science coordinator and staff developer, elementary school principal, director of instruction, assistant superintendent for instruction, and adjunct instructor in educational leadership for the University of Virginia’s Curry School and the School of Continuing Education.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

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Rogers Elementary fourth-grade teacher Sudhir Vasal created math lesson pathways so each child can progress at their own pace. Rogers Elementary School here set a three-alarm fire in the library. Rogers Elementary Principal Lisa Lovato. Rogers Elementary has recorded a spike in parent interest and incoming student transfers snice it embraced personalized learning. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts online learning Personalized Learning teachers

Why decades of trying to end racial segregation in gifted education haven’t worked

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On a crisp day in early March, two elementary school gifted and talented classes worked on activities in two schools, three miles and a world apart. There are gifted dropouts. Olmsted should stop cordoning off one-third of its elementary seats for nongifted neighborhood students.

Held back, but not helped

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Early this past December, the state released guidance to explain how to institute alternatives to retention in fourth grade, to comply with a resolution passed by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in October. Instead, she’s surrounded by friends, including elementary-school classmate Rory Williams, who also will be 20 when he graduates. K-12 News Civil rights Graduation and dropouts Social emotional

A school district wades through a deluge of social-emotional curricula to find one that works

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Meghan Groves, a teacher at Washington-Lee Elementary School, in Bristol, Virginia, leads her first graders in “closing circle,” where they talk about how their day went. Leave this field empty if you're human: Activities like this one have taken on a near-ritualistic quality at Groves’ school, Washington-Lee Elementary, which serves a high-poverty student body in southern Appalachia.

At this one-of-a-kind Boston public high school, students learn calculus in Spanish

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The idea behind the Muñiz Academy, named for the longtime principal of Boston’s first dual-language elementary school (the Rafael Hernandez K-8 school), was that many Hispanic students would do better in schools that support their cultural background and, with it, the Spanish language. And the dropout rate among the first Muniz cohort, the class of 2016, was just 2.5 K-12 News achievement gap English language learners Graduation and dropouts

Students can’t learn if they don’t show up at school

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Third-graders at Alamosa Elementary School in Albuquerque practice reading with first-graders in Carrie Ramirez’s classroom. Burnett spends half her time at Alamosa Elementary School, where about one in four students have missed more than 10 percent of school days so far this school year, according to attendance data Burnett tracks. This is only the second year Alamosa Elementary has been tracking attendance student by student.

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

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Hatharasinghe-Gerschler had been diagnosed with a reading comprehension disability in elementary school. Back in Anchorage in the early 2000s, Michelle McLaughlin started doing research on her own to determine why her son, Michael, was falling further behind in elementary school. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Special educationMichael McLaughlin and his mother, Michelle, at Michael’s 2013 graduation.

4 things innovative districts do to improve graduation rates

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South Fayette Township School District , a district just outside of downtown Pittsburgh, is creating opportunities for new skills by engaging students in practical coding and making experiences as early as elementary school. For instance, in elementary physical education class, one student might hop on the climbing rock wall while another “programs” her to the destination at the top, with directions of “move two blocks left” or “one block up.”

Special education’s hidden racial gap

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How one district solved its special education dropout problem. While Burns struggled at a Durham, North Carolina, elementary school, she says she began to catch up academically after she transferred to a middle school in nearby Raleigh. Related: How one district solved its special education dropout problem. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts Race Special educationKenyatta Burn works with her tutor at the Durham Literacy Center on Thursday, Nov.

A college scholarship meant to help low-income, black students now serves mostly white, middle-class kids

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At the time, a third of Louisiana’s adults were high school dropouts. Black students make up 44 percent of the state’s elementary, middle and high school classes, but only 17 percent of the students who won the scholarship last year were black. Higher Ed News Funding Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education affordability Law and policy Politics RaceThe new convocation center at Xavier University is seen in New Orleans, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013.

For students with disabilities, quality of education can depend on zip code

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Rachel’s elementary school was part of Shelby County Schools. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts Investigations Special educationJawanda Mast with her daughter Rachel. Photo: Courtesy Jawanda Mast. This story was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education, in partnership with the Huffington Post.

Inside New York City’s segregated high school system

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Black and Hispanic students are concentrated in elementary schools with lower test scores and lower attendance rates, and there are no requirements that middle schools reflect the racial diversity of the city, or even their neighborhood. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts poverty School choiceNew York City’s schools are among the most segregated in the nation, and at every level of the city’s education bureaucracy, policies and procedures may be preventing integration.

Low academic expectations and poor support for special education students is ‘hurting their future’

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Poor education for special education students typically starts in elementary school, most often with a student not being given the services to which they are entitled or not being properly diagnosed. On the longer assignments he had to write for class, his work looked more like that of an elementary school student than a high schooler, with what his mom called “minimalist handwriting.”. When Brad was in elementary school, he said he wanted to go to MIT and become an engineer.

STUDENT VOICES: The education system encourages students to be dead inside

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When I was in elementary school and in middle school, I always knew that I wanted to be a composer. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts online learning Race Rural schools Solutions teachersStudent Voices. What do kids really think about school? How would they change it? Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, on a September speaking tour, told students she felt they mostly “just follow the same schedule, the same routine — just waiting to be saved by the bell” and that the U.S.

The vast majority of students with disabilities don’t get a college degree

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Jacqueline Reis, spokesperson for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, said that while the state had focused on helping special education students transition out of high school before Dracut, the ruling did have an impact. “It K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Special educationAdam Salomon at his high school graduation. Salomon’s mother, Karen, says he was not prepared for life after high school.

Homework in a McDonald’s parking lot: Inside one mother’s fight to help her kids get an education during coronavirus

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Greenville schools have some of the highest school dropout rates in the state, and Johnson also viewed staying at home as necessary to defend her children’s chances of living an easier life. “I Coronavirus and Education Critical Condition: The Students the Pandemic Hit Hardest Elementary to High School Mississippi News poverty Rural schools Technology accessTerri Johnson willed her body not to show signs of impatience.

Getting a GED while still enrolled in high school

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In New Orleans, the large number of dropouts who lack HiSET credentials drives the astronomically high count of so-called “opportunity youth.” Last fall, YEP staff set up shop to provide HiSET-prep for at-risk New Orleans high-school students — before they became dropouts — within its Central City campus, housed within a grand historic bank-building that seems appropriately academic in appearance. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts Solutions

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

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So it was with parents at one of the first Basecamp schools, Marshall Pomeroy Elementary in Milpitas, a small city off the southern tip of San Francisco Bay. Pleasant View Elementary in Providence, Rhode Island, for instance, started Summit with fifth-graders in 2015, and this year introduced a few aspects of the approach to fourth-graders. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts teachers

Improving reading skills and SEL through text-based discussions

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SEL also decreases behavioral issues, dropout rates, drug use, and teen pregnancy, so the advantages of including it in elementary and secondary classes are clear. As the importance and benefits of social-emotional learning (SEL) have become more widely recognized, many teachers have struggled to combine this type of learning with their required curriculum.