How one district solved its special education dropout problem

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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. Special education teachers joined meetings with general education teachers.

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

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The bedrock of the partnership between the school administration and these nonprofit groups is an early warning system born out of the work of Robert Balfanz, a research professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education and director of Talent Development Secondary.

Ohio import of NYC community college program passed rigorous 3-year test

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Students were required to attend college full time, participate in a first-year seminar and meet frequently with an adviser. It’s rare for researchers to test a promising treatment on only a portion of students in real schools to see if it’s effective.

Universities cut services for a big group of their students: those over 25

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And the gap is even wider in some other states, the commission calculates, where older learners would have to make up 60 percent or more of new college graduates in order to meet degree goals. But when we look outside that group (of traditional students), they’re not driving up the mountain.”.

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Looking to Eliminate Dropouts? How Idaho Reached English Language Learners with a ‘Hybrid’ Course Experiment

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In hybrid courses, IDLA teachers and students meet on a weekly basis in real-time (synchronously), in addition to the asynchronous nature of online content and assessments, which students can tackle on their own time, at their own piece. Synchronous components of hybrid courses also provide an opportunity for instructors to better ensure students are meeting listening and speaking standards embedded within Idaho Core Standards.

Canadian schools succeed in nudging one minority group to and through college

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And policymakers say some of the same approaches could succeed for other groups that go to college at lower levels than whites for surprisingly similar reasons — including, in the United States, Hispanics, blacks, and native Americans. “A

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Coronavirus becomes unprecedented test for teacher-student relationships

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Now, during morning meetings via Google classroom, Glick is the one being peppered with questions – and often she can’t answer them. All of us are going to have to just meet them where they were last spring and do our best.”.

How do you manage college online — quarantined with eight people?

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Consuela Robinson, 35, returned to college in 2017 after dropping out more than a decade earlier, working two, sometimes three jobs to make ends meet. Luis Gallardo’s favorite place to study was the library at the University of California, Berkeley.

From private to public school: A college counselor straddles an economic divide

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College counselor Brad Ward meets with school principal Katy Dunlap at Terra Linda High School. At a public school,” said Ward, “you might be lucky to meet with some students once for half an hour or 45 minutes.”. SAN RAFAEL, Calif.

Universities try to catch up to their growing Latinx populations

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She blamed the high dropout rates on the fact that many students have to juggle school with full- and part-time jobs, leaving little time for academics. Román-Lagunas said she has noticed that “the Latino student groups used to be stronger.”

Colleges and states turn their attention to slow-moving part-time students

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Colleges and states are realizing that they won’t meet their enrollment targets or improve the proportion of their residents with higher educations if they don’t pay more attention to this part of the student population.

Some colleges seek radical solutions to survive

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Photo: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images. Colleges are also working to reduce their numbers of dropouts on the principle that it’s cheaper to provide the kind of support required to keep tuition-paying students than to recruit more.

More students are leaving college without a degree

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Insufficient housing or inadequate childcare can derail students who want to finish their education, and many of the institutions they attend my not be equipped to meet all of their needs. These are really an invisible group of students,” she said.

To help first-generation students succeed, colleges enlist their parents

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Aranda is also part of a Facebook group with other parents of first-generation college students, whom he met through a federal government program called Gear Up. Besides safety, a frequent topic for the group is how to stay on top of financial aid.

Out of the fields: In a North Carolina county where few Latino parents have diplomas, their kids are aiming for college

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Black students also tended to score lower on state math tests and do worse on ACT exams than Latinos or whites, even at the high schools where they graduated at higher rates than either group. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Immigrants and Refugees Parents poverty Rural schools

Colleges must stop holding students hostage and release their debt

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A group of colleges has decided to stop holding students captive and allow them to get their lives back on track. Black women earn just 61 cents for every dollar earned by their white male counterparts, according to analysis by the nonprofit advocacy group Equal Pay Today.

After a hate crime, a town welcomes immigrants into its schools

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Wilda Rosario’s support groups for immigrant students at Patchogue-Medford High School usually start out with lots of laughter. Since 2016, Rosario has run half a dozen counseling groups of about eight to ten kids.

What if we hired for skills, not degrees?

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Meetings, not so much. So many meetings.”. In surveying broader groups of occupations, Burning Glass found a credentials gap of 26 percent for management jobs, 21 percent for computer and math jobs and 13 percent for sales jobs.

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

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Now, she’s the most outspoken person you’ll ever meet,” he said. He was among the first group of McDowell County, West Virginia, high school students to receive a home visit. Johnathan romps with his dog, Pork Chop, in front of his home. Peggy Barmore for The Hechinger Report.

From foster care to college

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Later that day, she planned to study for her summer session classes, English and public speaking, and to meet with an advisor. This support is available to Mayes because she’s part of a select group of Western Michigan students known as the Seita Scholars.

Segregated schools are still the norm. Howard Fuller is fine with that

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The group has plans to grow those numbers. She credits Fuller as an inspirational figure, and has engaged him in an advisory role as the group seeks to develop a national network of funding and talent pipelines.

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

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That fall of 2015, they began rolling out twice-daily meetings where students could talk about their emotions, exercises in which students mapped out their goals and aspirations and lessons to help teachers improve how they communicate with kids.

The big jobs of small-town principals

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Once a dual superintendent-principal in Alaska’s remote Pribilof Islands, Shellinger runs a group, the National SAM Innovation Project, that’s working in Colorado and 22 other states to help principals better plan their days and train colleagues to assume more of their schools’ management tasks.

Charter schools nearly destroyed this New Orleans school. Now it will become one.

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At an Orleans Parish School Board school board meeting last December, Lewis was seated on the dais touting a major victory for his administration. Many charter groups came in wanting to change the culture of the schools they took over. K-12 News Charters Graduation and dropouts Race

After a tough but promising freshman year, Dartmouth student tackles change at elite campuses

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There are just 746 black and Hispanic students out of 4,410 undergraduates at Dartmouth, a group that’s even more underrepresented in recent years at top colleges and universities than it was 35 years ago.

Minnesota has a persistent higher-ed gap: Are new efforts making a difference?

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As a state, we cannot afford to leave anyone behind,” said Alex Hermida, senior research analyst at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and chair of a state-led group that is tackling the challenge. Though some programs have helped lower dropout rates and improved graduation rates for students of color, the gap in the percentage of students finishing a degree has barely budged across the 30 community colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and University system.

Special education’s hidden racial gap

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A Hechinger Report analysis of federal data exposes the stark racial gap between different groups of special education students. How one district solved its special education dropout problem. Related: How one district solved its special education dropout problem.

As feds pull back, states step in to regulate for-profit colleges and universities

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And a former lobbyist for the for-profit college trade group Career Education Colleges and Universities, or CECU, worked for the Education Department during the DeVos team’s transition.

Reimagining failure: ‘Last-chance’ schools are the future of American high schools

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It is features like these that have helped former high school dropouts like Rocheli Burgos — and other students who have struggled in school — get a second chance at earning a diploma. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Mental health and trauma Personalized Learning Solutions

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

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high school with a traditional diploma, proving that his disability didn’t prevent him from meeting the same standards as his peers. Michael’s IEP allowed him to work in small groups, have extended time on assessments and use a computer for written assignments.

These students are finishing high school, but their degrees don’t help them go to college

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Related: How one district solved its special education dropout problem. They “didn’t bring up his ability to do the work,” Comeaux said of that January 2016 meeting. “He’s How one district solved its special education dropout problem.

Online learning can open doors for kids in juvenile jails

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Teachers are always nearby, to help students one-on-one or to guide small groups. There are a group of kids for whom it can be very effective and efficient and it can give them an opportunity to catch up,” Leone said. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts poverty Solutions

In rural Maine, a university eliminates most Fs in an effort to increase graduation rates

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He then mills around the room, meeting with students individually or in small groups. Students Matthew Amnott and Brittany Parmelee work on a group project inside a physical therapy class at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

A school once known for gang activity is now sending kids to college

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At that time, more than 80 percent of students were failing to meet state proficiency standards , and the school was graduating less than half of its students. We have to think big picture,” Norris stressed to the group, “before we get down to details like how much lab time to offer.