Drop-out Prevention reports.

Aligning Afterschool with the Regular School Day: The Perfect Complement (07/2011)

Issue Brief 50. Afterschool programs that are aligned with the school day curriculum can support student learning and attack the achievement gap by offering additional supports to struggling students that complement and reinforce learning that takes place in the classroom in new and exciting ways. Collaboration and alignment among schools, expanded learning programs and the greater community offers students the opportunity to enjoy a complementary learning environment where they can truly thrive. Authors/Publishers: Afterschool Alliance

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Late High School Dropouts: Characteristics, Experiences, and Changes Across Cohorts (6/2009)

This report presents information about selected characteristics and experiences of high school sophomores in 2002 who subsequently dropped out of school. It also presents comparative data about late high school dropouts in the years 1982, 1992, and 2004. Authors/Publisher: Ben Dalton, Elizabeth Glennie, Steven J. Ingels, RTI International and John Wirt, Project Officer, National Center for Education Statistics, US Dept of Education.

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Reframing School Dropout as a Public Health Issue (10/2007)

Article in an issue of CDC’s Preventing Chronic Disease. Good education predicts good health, and disparities in health and in educational achievement are closely linked. In this article, author’s summarize knowledge on the health benefits of high school graduation and discuss the pathways by which graduating from high school contributes to good health. We examine strategies for reducing school dropout rates with a focus on interventions that improve school completion rates by improving students’ health. Finally, we recommend actions health professionals can take to reframe the school dropout rate as a public health issue and to improve school completion rates in the United States. Authors/Publisher: Nicholas Freudenberg, DrPH, Jessica Ruglis. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Public Health Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Keeping Students on a Graduation Path in High-Poverty Middle-Grades Schools (9/2007)

PowerPoint presentation on the high school dropout crisis. A review of some of the indicators leading disengaging from school and dropping out and the interventions that can help stem this tide. The authors identify four 6th grade indicators - Attending school 80% or less of the time; Receiving a poor final behavior mark or a suspension; Failing Math; and, Failing English. Authors/Publisher: Robert Balfanz, Liza Herzog, and Douglas MacIver. Johns Hopkins University.

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The Progress of Education Reform 2007: Dropout Prevention (7/2007)

A research brief from the Education Commission of the States that sheds light on the students most at risk of dropping out through summarizing finding from 5 recent studies. The studies addressed both risk factors and efforts that influence higher graduation rates. Authors/Publisher: Education Commission of the States.

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Dropout Risk Factors and Exemplary Programs: A Technical report (5/2007)

Conduct a comprehensive study of the dropout crisis in the United States. Specifically, the intent of the study was to: 1) Identify the risk factors or conditions that significantly increase the likelihood of students dropping out of school; and 2) Identify exemplary, evidence-based programs that address the identified risk factors and conditions. Authors/Publisher: Principal Author - Cathy Hammond; Contributing Authors - Dan Linton, Jay Smink, Sam Drew. National Dropout Prevention Center/Network and Communities In Schools, Inc. or

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High School Survey of Student Engagement (HSSSE) - 2005 Report

The ultimate goal of HSSSE is to document, describe, and strengthen student engagement in educationally purposeful activities in secondary schools nationally. HSSSE provides information that can be used to generate discussions on teaching and learning and guide student improvement activities. HSSSE is a powerful tool in the assessment arena that can complement performance tests. HSSSE data can identify student engagement and school features that affect outcomes. Our primary activity is to conduct an annual survey to assess the extent to which high school students engage in educational practices associated with high levels of learning and development. This data is especially powerful because it pertains to school features that teachers and administrators can improve upon quickly, and often inexpensively, to facilitate student learning and engagement. Authors/Publisher: Center for Evaluation & Education Policy, Indiana University.

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School Completion and Student Engagement: Information and Strategies for Parents (2004)

Short Brief: High motivation and engagement in learning have consistently been linked to reduced dropout rates and increased levels of school success. Yet, year after year teachers and parents struggle to keep students engaged in school and motivated to succeed. Numerous studies have revealed that student engagement in school declines significantly for many students as they progress through school. Therefore, it is critical that both parents and educators reach out to children who are disengaged from school and consequently unlikely to succeed. Authors/Publisher: Amanda Blount Morse, Sandra L. Christenson, and Camilla A. Lehr. National Association of School Psychologists.

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