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From the ECS State Policy Database: At-Risk (incl. Dropout Prevention) - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: High School--Credit Recovery - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

Early Warning Indicator Systems PDF - Boosting high school graduation rates is a growing concern to educators and policymakers. Research shows that students who fail to graduate high school exhibit clear signs of dropping out. Access to student data has prompted state and school district officials across the country to develop "early warning indicator systems" to efficiently identify students who are at risk of dropping out and provide targeted supports to get them back on track and graduate. This Statenote highlights the statewide early warning indicator systems in Louisiana, South Carolina, and Alabama and the Philadelphia Public Schools district-wide system. (ECS 2011) ...

Kentucky School-Based Family Support: Twenty Years Later PDF - Kentucky was the first state to require the establishment of Family Resource and Youth Services Centers (FRYSC), entities that coordinate a network of resources for students and families in neighborhoods where 20% or more of the students qualify for federal free- and reduced-price meals. This StateNote provides details of this statewide model. (Dinah Frey, Education Commission of the States, November 2010)...

Student Support and Remediation - This database provides 50-state information on high school-level remediation policies, and on alternative approaches to allow at-risk students and returning dropouts earn a high school diploma. (Kyle Zinth and Melodye Bush, Education Commission of the States, June 2007)...

A Better Picture of Poverty: What Chronic Absenteeism and Risk Load Level Reveal about NYC's Lowest-Income Elementary Schools - To address chronic absenteeism, researchers looked beyond free- or reduced-lunch rates and devised an 18-unit risk-load estimate for deep poverty (associated with absenteeism) that includes such considerations as percentage of the student body living in temporary or public housing. (Kim Nauer, et al., Center for New York City Affairs, November 2014)...

Compulsory Attendance Policies: About Age or Intervention? - Raising the compulsory attendance age to increase graduation rates hasn't had much effect in SREB states. Statewide student information systems can be helpful in recognizing at-risk students and intervening, but districts and schools can do the same thing by searching for risk factors: failure to read at grade level by third grade, failing an English or math class between the sixth and ninth grade or being retained in grade nine. Among other policies, the SREB recommends raising reading proficiency at all grade levels and starting academic/career plans in middle school.(Jeffrey Grove, SREB, February 2014)...

Forgotten Youth: Re-Engaging Students Through Drop-Out Recovery - Though dealing with the dropout phenomenon has mostly been a matter of prevention, the authors suggest re-engaging youth who already are out of school has too often been a missing link. They present common themes in re-engagement programs throughout the country as well as lessons learned and challenges met at Boston Public Schools' Re-Engagement Center. Information here will engage leaders at the district, community and state levels. (Rennie Center, November 2012) ...

On Track for Success: The Use of Early Warning Indicator and Intervention Systems to Build a Grad Nation - This report represents the first national assessment of Early Warning Indicator and Intervention Systems (EWS) at the district, state, and national levels. It shares evidence from the latest research and best practices from the field so that parents, educators, administrators, business leaders, and legislators can be better equipped to keep children on track to graduate high school, be prepared for college and career success. (Civic Enterprises & Everyone Graduates Center, 2011)...

Meeting the Challenge: Fiscal Implications of Dropout Prevention in Massachusetts - This brief begins with an overview of existing statewide efforts to prevent dropouts; then summarizes the themes common across five districts that have established a systemic approach to reducing their dropout rates; describes the specific strategies viewed as effective by school and district leaders; considers the costs of dropout prevention efforts; and offers considerations, based on findings, for policymakers and school and district leaders. (Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, March 2011)...

Developing Effective Education in Department of Juvenile Justice and other Dropout Prevention Programs: Annual Report 2009-2010 - This report is the 2011 annual report on the state's progress toward developing effective educational programs for juvenile delinquents and the extent to which each school districts’ dropout prevention and academic intervention programs has been successful in the areas of graduation rate, dropout rate, attendance rate, and retention/promotion rate. (Florida Department of Education, 2011)...

The Economic Benefits of Reducing the Dropout Rate Among Students of Color in the Nation’s Forty-Five Largest Metropolitan Areas - To better understand the various economic benefits that a particular community could expect if it were to reduce its number of high school dropouts, the Alliance for Excellent Education analyzed the local economies of some of the nation’s largest cities and their surrounding areas. Using a sophisticated economic model the Alliance calculated economic projections tailored to the forty-five largest metro regions. The projections estimate the gross increase in important local economic factors such as individual earnings, home and auto sales, job and economic growth, spending and investment, tax revenue, and human capital. The findings are powerful reminders that entire communities are impacted by the educational outcomes of our youth. (Alliance for Excellent Education, June 2010)...

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) ...

Comprehensive Services Act (CSA) for At-Risk Youth and Families - The CSA is a Virginia law designed to help troubled youths and their families. State and local agencies, parents and private service providers work together to plan and provide services. This site provides information about the state law, legislative policies and updates, publications and training and technical assistance....


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