Publisher(s): Washington Monthly
Author(s): Colvin, Richard Lee; Sarah Garland; Betsy Hammond; Dale Mezzacappa
Funder(s): Boston Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Spencer Foundation, William Penn Foundation
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Fighting the Drop-Out Crisis
Area of focus: Low-Performing Schools
This report describes efforts to decrease rising high school drop out rates, particularly in New York, Philadelphia and Portland, Oregon. It outlines the data-driven process of replacing low-performing schools with smaller schools or alternative schools and programs and the results of this process to date.
Key Findings and/or Recommendations
+Cities with high expectation of students and strong accountability among individual schools were more successful in curbing drop out rates, regardless of which alternative methods were used.
=Success in reducing high school drop out rates often varies according to the quality and effectiveness of leaders and civic actors at the local level.
=Eventual drop out status can usually be predicted at the ninth grade level; at-risk factors include poor academic performance, particularly in the areas of math and English, poor attendance and failure to earn enough credits during the year.
Geographic Focus: New York, Philadelphia and Portland, Oregon; National
Subjects/Keywords: Low performing schools; high school drop out rates; accountability; alternative schools; high school graduation rates
+ Successful strategy
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