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. Teachers like Parry began pushing for changes, and over the last decade district officials have worked to improve the experience of students in special education — and thus reduce dropout rates — by reducing the stigma and challenging the students more.

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.


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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.

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. high school with a traditional diploma, proving that his disability didn’t prevent him from meeting the same standards as his peers. Ensuring that all children with disabilities have appropriately ambitious goals and the chance to meet challenging objectives is a priority for the department,” DeVos said in a July speech.

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

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With people of color expected to make up a quarter of the state’s population by 2035, these gaps represent an economic threat to Minnesota; unless more residents get to and through college, there won’t be enough qualified workers to fill the jobs that require a post-secondary degree or certificate. “[O]ur To reach the state’s target, another 131,400 Minnesotans — two-thirds of them people of color—must earn a post-secondary credential. “As

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

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Experts estimate that up to 90 percent should be able to graduate high school meeting the same standards as general education students, ready to succeed in college and careers. 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 Adam Salomon at his high school graduation.

How Childhood Experiences Contribute to the Education-Health Link

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Childhood traumatic stress from violence , abuse , corporal punishment and neglect contribute to educational outcomes such as excessive absenteeism, school dropout and school performance. College-aged students who have a history of childhood trauma may encounter difficulties with post-secondary education. Therefore, to promote well-being across the lifespan, we must collectively invest in meeting the needs of future generations.

Who Will Teach the Children? The 3 Keys to Building Globally Competitive, World Class Schools

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Teachers and administrators need training and support to meet the ever-changing challenges of the profession. . What did a young white male know about the economically challenged, minority students I was about to meet? ” Everything else is secondary! By Franklin P.

States use direct mail, money, to get more of their residents back to college

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The push to reach these dropouts by Mississippi and other states, including Indiana and Tennessee, reflects a growing recognition that there just aren’t enough students coming out of U.S. Nearly every state has set a goal for boosting the proportion of its population with post-secondary education; most are aiming for 55 to 65 percent by 2020 or 2025. Go Back” campaign in Indiana, among the several states trying to get college dropouts to finish their college educations.

OPINION: A fresh start on school discipline isn’t optional — especially for schools serving underrepresented students

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Students thrive when norms and expectations are clear, they are invested in upholding them and they receive real-time coaching about how to meet them. Educators who remain firm, consistent and empathetic, including and especially when students make mistakes and even challenge teachers, are far more likely to de-escalate conflict and prevent secondary incidents. It’s never been more important to take a new look at how we think about school discipline.

Who will Teach the Children?

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A report by Richard Ingersoll has observed that new teachers are particularly vulnerable because they are more likely than more experienced teachers to be assigned to low-performing schools in urban areas, where the dropout rates reach or exceed 50 percent. By Franklin Schargel.

Storefront Advising Programs Bring Free College Counseling Into Low-Income Communities


Students come here from miles around to meet—first-come, first-served—with advisers for help navigating all things higher education, from admissions tests to majors to meningitis shots. Northside High was previously named for Confederate leader Jefferson Davis, and it was once labeled a “ dropout factory ” in a Johns Hopkins University study of institutions with low graduation rates.

PBS to Present “Spotlight Education,” A Special Week of Programming Featuring Reports About America’s Students and New Models of Learning, September 12-17

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A Subprime Education,” a fresh look at the troubled for-profit college industry, examines reports of predatory behavior and fraud and the implosion of the education chain, Corinthian Colleges; and “The Education of Omarina” shows how an innovative program to stem the high school dropout crisis has affected one girl’s journey, from a public middle school in the Bronx to an elite New England private school, and now on to college. This is an important documentary series for everyone.

DEBT WITHOUT DEGREE: The human cost of college debt that becomes “purgatory”

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By 2025, more than 60 percent of Georgia jobs will require some kind of post-secondary education, and now only 45 percent of the state’s young adults meet that criterion. Students who withdraw are also much more likely to default on their loans; dropouts make up two-thirds of defaults nationwide. The number of dropouts with federal loans at these institutions has grown from 35,443 in 2007-09 to more than 56,600 in 2013-15.

When math lessons at a goat farm beat sitting behind a desk

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Vermont’s experiment in experiential learning goes back a number of years, but it took off in 2013, when the legislature passed a law that lets students meet state graduation standards through work-based experiences. Among Act 77’s aims: to reduce high school dropout rates, particularly among low-income students. (In A tall, thin man who is partial to vibrantly patterned short-sleeved shirts, Cadow talks fast and walks faster, as if perpetually late for an important meeting.

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

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BE2T exists to meet these two needs. 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 At Benjamin Franklin Elementary and Eleanor McMain Secondary, Nathaniel and Nathan Albert were inseparable.

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?

In one country, women now outnumber men in college by two to one

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Like their counterparts all over the world, most of the students here avoid taking classes that are scheduled to meet on Fridays, giving themselves a head start on their weekends. The many causes of this begin in primary and secondary grades, where research shows that girls are earlier to apply themselves, while boys are more likely to drop out, impatient to begin earning money and unwilling to spend further years in school.

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

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

and we fail to create either the human or technological capital necessary to meet oncoming needs. 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.

British universities reach out to the new minority: poor white males

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And meeting college students like him, Hood said, “definitely opens them up to the possibility” of aiming higher. Girls in primary and secondary school globally read more than boys and spend more time on homework, according to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development , or OECD. Dominic Stevens, a University of East London student who is part of a program that uses sports to encourage boys to go to college. Photo: Nilay Kumar.