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Building A College Readiness Indicator System: Progress in the Dallas Independent School District

Building A College Readiness Indicator System: Progress in the Dallas Independent School District

The Dallas Independent School District has been one of the pioneers nationally in creating a systemic district-wide initiative to develop measurable indicators of college readiness at the individual, school, and district level and to build the leadership commitment, data infrastructure, adult capacity, supports, interventions, and outreach efforts to increase college readiness and college access for […]

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Early Warning Indicators of High School Outcomes

Early Warning Indicators of High School Outcomes

A special issue of the Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (Vol 18(1) 2013), Early Warning Indicators of High School Outcomes was guest edited by Martha Abele Mac Iver. This issue brings together a set of articles that focus either on quantitative analyses of high school student outcomes or on the process of […]

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Predicting High School Outcomes in the Baltimore City Public Schools

Predicting High School Outcomes in the Baltimore City Public Schools

This study of high school outcomes in the Baltimore City Public Schools builds on substantial prior research on the early warning indicators of dropping out. It sought to investigate whether the same variables that predicted a non-graduation outcome in other urban districts— attendance, behavior problems, and course failure – were also significant predictors of non-graduation […]

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Beyond the Indicators: An Integrated School-Level Approach to Dropout Prevention

Beyond the Indicators: An Integrated School-Level Approach to Dropout Prevention

Beyond the Indicators provides an integrated framework that schools and districts can use to build a foundation to prevent students from dropping out.  Based on a tiered public health model, this framework provides universal and school-wide practices designed to produce high attendance, positive behavior, and successful academic achievement for the majority of students.  It includes […]

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Keeping On Track in Ninth Grade and Beyond

Keeping On Track in Ninth Grade and Beyond

Focusing on a recent Baltimore City ninth grade cohort, the report examines the behavioral factors identified in previous research as key predictors of high school graduation, particularly ninth grade attendance and course passing. The study also demonstrates how ninth grade outcomes are linked to warning indicators in the middle grades. The report suggests that raising […]

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Advancing the “Colorado Graduates” Agenda

Advancing the “Colorado Graduates” Agenda

“About 30 percent of Colorado high school students don’t graduate. Less than half of the black, Latino and American Indian students who start high school in Colorado actually finish. Our goal: cut the drop-out rate in half within 10 years.” Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. The ambitious goal set by Colorado’s governor to address the state’s […]

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Using Data to Keep All Students On-Track for Graduation: Team Playbook

Using Data to Keep All Students On-Track for Graduation: Team Playbook

How can educators organize middle and high schools so they provide the supports students need to keep them in school and on-track for secondary, post-secondary, and future success?  Or more directly, how do we organize our schools so that students stay in school, behave appropriately, try hard, and succeed in their courses? A central lesson […]

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Gradual Disengagement: A Portrait of the 2008-09 Dropouts in the Baltimore City Schools

Gradual Disengagement: A Portrait of the 2008-09 Dropouts in the Baltimore City Schools

Gradual Disengagement: A Portrait of the 2008-09 Dropouts in the Baltimore City Schools examined eight years of student-level data to paint a collective portrait of the process of disengagement that leads to student dropout. The study found that the majority of students who eventually drop out of Baltimore high schools enter ninth grade with a […]

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Improving Educational Opportunities: A Randomized Evaluation Study of a High School Dropout Prevention Program

Improving Educational Opportunities: A Randomized Evaluation Study of a High School Dropout Prevention Program

American Educational Research Association  |  April 2009 Common Characteristics of Effective Dropout Prevention Programs personalizing the experience of high school to increase student engagement through mentoring or counseling programs focusing on increasing student attendance and achievement (tutoring or other academic support) helping students to see a connection between high school work and life after high […]

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Data-Driven Decision Making Requires More than Just Achievement Data: Measuring and Analyzing the Factors that Influence Achievement

Data-Driven Decision Making Requires More than Just Achievement Data: Measuring and Analyzing the Factors that Influence Achievement

National Conference on Education  |  February 2009 The importance of collecting and analyzing data on factors behind student achievement (e.g., teacher practice, instructional quality and intervention implementation) Specific strategies for collecting and analyzing such data How to use results in a feedback loop for decision-making regarding instructional practice, equipping teachers, and implementing effective interventions for […]

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