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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In Utah, personalizing learning by focusing on relationships

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The New England Secondary Schools Consortium has been collecting commitments from the region’s colleges to ward off these worries. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts High school reform Personalized Learning Rural schoolsEditor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Subscribe today!

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

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Paradoxically, her job is a classified position that doesn’t require a post-secondary credential, not even a bachelor’s degree, though this varies by school and district. SAN RAFAEL, Calif.

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. K-12 News Civil rights Graduation and dropouts Social emotionalDomonique Crosby raises her hand in calculus class at George Washington Carver High School. Photo: Cheryl Gerber for The Hechinger Report.

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

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. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Special educationMichael McLaughlin and his mother, Michelle, at Michael’s 2013 graduation. Michelle McLaughlin said Michael’s education did not prepare him for college or career. Photo courtesy Michelle McLaughlin.

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. Dropout prevention Featured on eSchool News Innovation Corner School Administration Top NewsForward-thinking practices focus on college and career readiness. As the skills expected of today’s graduates change rapidly, school districts have to overhaul their thinking on what it means to be “college and career ready.”

OPINION: How one Colorado boy with autism schooled the Supreme Court on public education for the disabled

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The court specifically rejected the parents’ arguments that attempted to train special education toward a more post-secondary focus. The court specifically rejected the parents’ arguments that attempted to train special education toward a more post-secondary focus. Endrew’s parents argued for a higher standard that appeared to focus on post-secondary concepts. Higher Ed Opinion Graduation and dropouts Special educationWashington, D.C.

eSports: The Growing Extra-Curricular Activity NOW!

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Over the past 20 years, she has helped lead the CHSM team to state and national honors including a Crystal Star Award for Dropout Prevention Schools, Civic Advocacy Award, Promising Practice Award, and being named a National School of Character.

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.

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

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

HE Challenges: Fast changing digital teaching methods

Neo LMS

” 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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We won’t have any black Mark Zuckerbergs or Bill Gates till we do this

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About one-third of all black collegians earn degrees in either a STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and math) field or in business, according to my analysis of integrated post-secondary education data system (IPEDS), the national dataset of college outcomes. Indeed, being a black college dropout negatively affects earnings by at least $10 per hour, according to research by the Economic Policy Institute.

OPINION: Why school shutdowns are a disaster for science classes

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For many of these students and others coming from low-income backgrounds, science knowledge gaps exist even prior to kindergarten entry but become gravely amplified in primary and secondary schools.

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.

Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair Refugee Education Fund Partners with Discovery Education

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The increase in dropouts from secondary education amongst refugees is alarming, whereby less than 2% of Syrian refugees complete their secondary education. Programs are based on emerging needs and focus on secondary and vocational educational streams.

How Childhood Experiences Contribute to the Education-Health Link

Digital Promise

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. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. The interconnection between education and health is well established.

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.

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

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UNESCO reports that the market for pre-primary, primary and secondary education worldwide expanded by more than 142 million students between 1999 and 2006. ” Everything else is secondary! By Franklin P. Schargel.

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: How identifying struggling students in middle school can keep struggling students from dropping out of high school

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At a time when little to no work exists for a high school dropout to support a family, the community, as a result, falls deeper into despair. At a time when little to no work exists for a high school dropout to support a family, the community, as a result, falls deeper into despair. Photo: Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images. While the high-school graduation rate is being celebrated at a record high, many school districts are grappling with a much different reality.

How is STEM Education Shaping the Future of our Science Classes?

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As high school dropout rates increase and the lack of motivation for students to learn science grows, the U.S. Many career-tech secondary schools specialize in particular programs that can encourage Latino students to stay in school. Guest article written by Barbara Mascareno-Shaw. As more school districts focus on STEM education, there is room to improve. What is STEM education? Simply, it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

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The development industry has the development equation backwards

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More than 70% of America was also rural with fewer than 10% of the population attending secondary school. George Eastman, the father of photography and the founder of the Eastman Kodak company, was a high-school dropout and not considered particularly bright according to the standards of his era. A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece in the Guardian that discussed the development community’s obsession with ending poverty, and why that’s the biggest problem with the industry.

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?

Intent vs. Impact

The Principal of Change

This is one of my favourite quotes from a college dropout who felt a post-secondary education was no longer relevant to what he needed to be successful in our world today: “Wanting” is not good enough on it’s own; the impact of our actions are how progress is always measured. Speaking to a group of principals, one of the participants, thanked me for my time, and gave a very elegant “call-to-action” to the group.

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

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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. Our harsh school discipline policies are leading to an increase in repeat offenses, higher student dropout rates and a direct pipeline to the juvenile justice system.”. It’s never been more important to take a new look at how we think about school discipline.

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.

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.

Colorado hybrid school taps into personalized learning

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And, the high school completion rate for secondary classes as well as college-credit bearing courses increased as well through PGA’s concurrent enrollment program with local colleges. Since opening in 2009 as a credit recovery and dropout prevention school, PGA has transformed into a small, personalized school serving a mix of former homeschoolers and students coming from traditional schools. Achievement increasing by up to 240 percent in math and reading.

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.

New York is closing a charter school to ‘save’ money. But at what cost to students?

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For the sake of simplifying the equation, we will also assume the post-secondary outcomes for BuffSci and Buffalo Public Schools are the same – the same percentage of high school graduates will attend and graduate from college. 203 more HS dropouts.

Sources of Hope for Education Technology in 2018

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We have backed companies focused on budgeting, scheduling, procurement, dropout prevention, and professional development for the teachers of special education students and English language learners. In post-secondary education, I can safely predict that this year will see the founding and the rapid growth of many more career pathways programs. They insist that the sole proper function of most post-secondary education programs is to get students a good job.