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.

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. Unsurprisingly, such foundational STEM disparities extend far beyond secondary school education.

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Improving reading skills and SEL through text-based discussions

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Recent research has shown that SEL increases high school graduation rates, and post-secondary enrollment and graduation rates, as well as employment rates and wages. 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.

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

4 things innovative districts do to improve graduation rates

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We rounded up some best practices League members use to ensure students stay in school, get their degrees, and are prepared for success in their post-secondary endeavors. 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. Forward-thinking practices focus on college and career readiness.

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

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Even students with cognitive delays may be able to attend modified post-secondary programs if given adequate preparation and encouragement in school. 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.

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.

HE Challenges: Fast changing digital teaching methods

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” When, or if, this doomsday scenario arises for higher education, it will be a combination of the challenges we have examined thus far – costs of “campus-based” education, failing revenue streams, and expensive dropouts. There is evidence that universities have a slow-changing culture , when compared to for instance high- or secondary-schools. Almost half of all Ontario secondary school teachers report using YouTube or video elements in their classrooms.

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School counselors keep kids on track. Why are they first to be cut?

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Aimed at curbing dropouts, improving graduation rates and sending more kids to college and other postsecondary programs, the corps is designed to offset a growing achievement gap in this relatively affluent but increasingly diverse state. Closing that gap and getting kids to continue their training after high school is especially important here: 74 percent of jobs will require post-secondary education by 2020. K-12 News Curriculum Graduation and dropouts Solutions teachers

10 of the best and worst school systems

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Public elementary and secondary education dollars traditionally flow from three sources: the federal, state (state governments contributing nearly half of public-school funding) and local governments. The data set ranges from pupil-teacher ratio to dropout rate to median standardized-test scores. For the majority of US families, public education is the only option for their child’s education.

Implementing Innovation Strategies to Make School Districts More Equitable

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McNulty is the president of the National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) and the Successful Practices Network (SPN). Ray has served as Chair of the National Dropout Prevention Network and was the chief learning officer for Penn Foster, a global leader in online education.

Improving Social-Emotional and Reading Skills

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Recent research has shown that SEL increases high school graduation rates, and post-secondary enrollment and graduation rates, as well as employment rates and wages. 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. Now we also offer Smarty Ants® for personalized foundational literacy and Actively Learn for secondary curriculum depth.

A new test that no student would dread — one that leads to citizenship

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Doe that public elementary and secondary schools couldn’t consider immigration status when a student seeks to enroll. Andre Perry Columnists K-12 Graduation and dropouts Immigrants and Refugees PoliticsA 2014 protest for immigrant rights in New York. Photo: U. Roberto Romano, courtesy of Rural & Migrant Ministry. Can you imagine how much louder the families of undocumented students would cheer if their graduates became citizens at their graduation ceremonies?

Gates Foundation Gives Millions to Improve Teacher Training

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Early in the 2000s, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation put millions into creating small schools, believing that separating large high schools with growing dropout rates into several smaller schools would increase graduation rates. Bill and Melinda Gates never give up.

With a teacher like me, ‘Would I have turned out better?’

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Fellows receive monthly stipends that start at $450 and rise each year, up to $700, in an attempt to combat steep post-secondary dropout rates — 33 percent of black college students drop out after one year of college, often because of financial shortfalls. “We’re Black students who have a black teacher in elementary school are more likely to graduate high school and go to college.

Why haven’t new federal rules unleashed more innovation in schools?

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Each year, districts and schools were rated based on whether their elementary school kids performed better than the prior year’s students in math and English. High schools were rated on standardized tests, as well as dropout, attendance and graduation rates. Brian Stack is the principal of Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston, N.H. Photo: Kate Flock for The Hechinger Report.

Buffalo shows turnaround of urban schools is possible, but it takes a lot more than just money

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I would have been a dropout.”. It was this demand for cooperation, local officials say, that created Say Yes’s key benefit: The newfound ability of key players from the mayor’s office, school district, teachers union, parent groups, business community and higher education institutions to work closely together toward the common goal of increasing post-secondary education for Buffalo’s students. Are our students completing post-secondary education?

April 27th - Pam Moran and Ira Socol: From Scientifically-Managed to Community-Driven Schools

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The "Age of Reason"/"Industrial Revolution" system of scientific management system accomplishes exactly what it was intended to do one hundred and thirty years ago - high dropout rates, gender-differentiated pay, widget-learning, and Theory X leadership styles. Join special host Alison Saylor on Tuesday, April 27th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with Pam Moran and Ira Socol on the shift from scientifically-managed to community-driven schools.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Jeb Bush’s lieutenant governor, as assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education, the top post at the Education Department overseeing K–12 policy.” ” Via The Economic Times : “Startups in student-lending sector see dropouts, but some score too.” “ Big data could solve the college-dropout problem ,” says The Washington Post. (National) Education Politics. RIP Net Neutrality.

The Des Moines Register’s editorial on student retention is lazy and irresponsible

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Significantly higher dropout rates. Retention has found to be a stronger predictor of student dropout than socioeconomic status or parental education. That extra year is a killer – literally – when it comes to retained students’ secondary school completion rates. If you want to ensure that students don’t leave elementary school illiterate, hire a personal tutor for academically-struggling 4th graders.