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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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The Importance of Being in School: A Report on Absenteeism in the Nation’s Public Schools

The Importance of Being in School: A Report on Absenteeism in the Nation’s Public Schools

America’s education system is based on the assumption that barring illness or an extraordinary event, students are in class every weekday. So strong is this assumption that it is not even measured. Indeed, it is the rare state education department, school district or principal that can tell you how many students have missed 10 percent […]

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Learning What it Takes

Learning What it Takes

Growing alarm over high dropout rates has created a groundswell of interest in ways to identify and respond to the needs of students at risk of falling off the graduation path. Groundbreaking research finds a substantial percentage of eventual dropouts can be identified at key transition points (sixth and ninth grades) using attendance, behavior, and […]

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2012 Building a Grad Nation Report

2012 Building a Grad Nation Report

Although some states and school districts show that the dropout crisis can be solved, other states and districts are lagging, with 10 states having lower high school graduation rates recently compared to earlier in the decade. The pace across the country must be accelerated more than three-fold to meet the national goal of a 90 […]

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On Track for Success: The Use of Early Warning Indicator and Intervention Systems to Build a Grad Nation

On Track for Success: The Use of Early Warning Indicator and Intervention Systems to Build a Grad Nation

Early Warning Indicator and Intervention Systems (EWS) are an evolving strategic response to one of our nation’s most pressing challenges: enabling all students to stay on track to graduate from high school ready for college and career. In an era of data-driven education reform, EWS are at the cutting edge. Their rapid development is a […]

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Still a Freshman: Examining the Prevalence and Characteristics of Ninth-Grade Retention Across Six States

Still a Freshman: Examining the Prevalence and Characteristics of Ninth-Grade Retention Across Six States

Because ninth grade is a make-or-break year for increasing graduation rates, schools with high ninth-grade retention rates face many challenges in improving their graduation rates. In many of these schools there is a mismatch between the number of students who need help and the help available. Ninth-grade retention rates, however, can act as an early […]

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Rural ‘Dropout Factories’ Often Overshadowed

Rural ‘Dropout Factories’ Often Overshadowed

Education Week In the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains here in the northwest corner of South Carolina, high schools’ attempts to curb student dropouts may not match what many people picture when they hear talk of the nation’s “dropout factories.” Yet one-fifth of the 2,000 high schools nationwide categorized that way by researchers at Johns […]

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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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What Do Small Learning Communities Cost?

What Do Small Learning Communities Cost?

Little is known about what it actually costs to operate a high school organized into Small Learning Communities (SLCs). As a result, many of the cost estimates and subsequent funding decisions made when high schools are converted into SLCs are often based on little more than guesswork. Estimates are often determined as much by the […]

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