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Document Number: 8083

Portland Public Schools: From Data and Decisions to Implementation and Results on Dropout Prevention - In the course of a single calendar year (2007-08) Portland Public Schools began to have a positive impact in addressing its dropout problem. How? Middle school leaders provided detailed information on each struggling student. High school administrators used the data and other supports from the district to begin changing the behavior and the beliefs of the adults in their buildings against the odds. Students' performance on the critical dropout risk indicators improved in aggregate as more of them were supported in taking ownership of their learning and their future. These accomplishments send an important message to students, their parents and the community at large. (Daniel Stid, Kate O'Neill and Susan Colby, The Bridgespan Group, January 2009) ...

Related Issues

At-Risk (incl. Dropout Prevention)
Data-Driven Improvement

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