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Getting Back on-Track: Early Warning Indicator Analysis of High School & Post-Secondary Outcomes San Jose Unified School District

Getting Back on-Track: Early Warning Indicator Analysis of High School & Post-Secondary Outcomes San Jose Unified School District

This study was conducted by the Everyone Graduates Center (EGC) of the School of Education, Johns Hopkins University, with support from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR) of Brown University through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the College and Career Readiness Indicator (CRIS) effort which it sponsored.   The study was carried out […]

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Importance of September Attendance

Importance of September Attendance

This brief examines absences in September and students’ attendance over the rest of the year. Attendance should be addressed before it becomes problematic. Chronic absenteeism, missing more than 20 days of a school year, is an early indicator of disengagement. High absence rates have negative consequences not only for individual students, but also for classroom […]

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The Power of a Penny: Building Knowledge to Invest in What Works in Education

The Power of a Penny: Building Knowledge to Invest in What Works in Education

The federal government spends less than one-tenth of a penny, out of every dollar invested in education programs, to evaluate those programs. That ratio is far lower than other fields, and it means that policymakers often lack basic evidence on how to spend taxpayer resources wisely to improve education. This paper outlines why and how […]

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2014 Building a Grad Nation Report

2014 Building a Grad Nation Report

This fifth annual update on America’s high school dropout crisis shows that, for the first time in history, the nation has crossed the 80 percent high school graduation rate threshold and remains on pace, for the second year in a row, to meet the goal of a 90 percent high school graduation rate by the […]

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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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New York City Finds Success in Cutting Chronic Absenteeism in School

New York City Finds Success in Cutting Chronic Absenteeism in School

Meeting the Challenge of Combating Chronic Absenteeism Impact of the NYC Mayor’s Interagency Task Force on Chronic Absenteeism and School Attendance and Its Implications for Other Cities By Robert Balfanz and Vaughan Byrnes Mentors, wake-up calls to students, incentives and weekly “student success” meetings led by principals helped New York City significantly cut chronic absenteeism in […]

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National E-Summit on Chronic Absenteeism and Student Achievement

National E-Summit on Chronic Absenteeism and Student Achievement

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Dr. Robert Balfanz of Johns Hopkins University, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors Invite You To Participate In a National E-Summit on Chronic Absenteeism and Student Achievement ~ Johns Hopkins Presents New Research From the NYC Model: Core Action Steps for Cities to Tackle This Under-Recognized Problem & Drive Student Achievement November 20th, […]

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Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate Initiative Evaluation

Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate Initiative Evaluation

Ending the dropout crisis will require sustained and coordinated community efforts driven by an understanding of the reasons students drop out and the proven solutions that exist. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s initiative, American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, has demonstrated that by combining personal communication with high-quality media products, public media have a critical, […]

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Early Intervention Drives Graduation Success

Early Intervention Drives Graduation Success

The path to dropout starts early. So the earlier a struggling student is identified, ideally before they enter high school, the better the chances in shifting the odds for success in school, work and life.  But that identification must be based on the right data.  One effective starting point is identifying the middle and elementary […]

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Just the Right Mix: Using an Early Warning Indicators Approach to Identify Potential Dropouts Across All Grades

Just the Right Mix: Using an Early Warning Indicators Approach to Identify Potential Dropouts Across All Grades

Each school year, roughly a thousand students drop out of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). However, unlike other large, urban school districts where students who drop out skip school and are suspended often (Balfanz & Byrnes, 2010), students who drop out of MCPS are present in school; they just are not doing well academically. According […]

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