A bill in California's Legislature is aimed at reducing the dropout rate by bringing down truancy numbers.
About 1 million students were truant in the 2012-2013 school year, and that ended up costing school districts $1.4 billion in funding based on attendance.
A report by Attorney General Kamala Harris called "In School and On Track" stated that 30 percent of California's elementary students skip enough school to hurt their academic performance.
A new study shows that it truly does take a village to raise an academically successful child.
Kristin Anderson Moore of Child Trends found in her study, “Making The Grade: Assessing the Evidence for Integrated Student Supports,” that Integrated Student Supports, sometimes called Integrated Student Services, are helping students overcome the obstacles in their daily lives, which in turn helps them achieve academically.
A group of financial institutions is coming together to provide $1 billion to President Barack Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" program to help young black and Hispanic men stay in school and out of the criminal justice system.
The Opportunity Finance Network will ask for pledges from each of its more than 225 community development financial institutions, and leaders believe that will be $1 billion, according to a Washington Post article.
Leaders from school districts across the nation who are seeing high graduation rates shared their tactics with U.S. News this week.
These leaders head up districts with about a 90 percent graduation rate.
The three biggest lessons gleaned? Prevention, alternative paths to graduation and support from the community all help students reach the finish line.
Providing flexibility and accessibility to at-risk students is key to keeping them on the graduation path.
But are online courses the best way to provide those options?
A new study in Massachusetts, conducted by the UMass Donahue Institute is looking at just that. The study is looking at about 6,000 students in 19 high schools, and it focuses on online classes that are similar to summer school classes, according to NEPR.
Schools across the nation are beating the odds and finding ways to help the most at-risk students succeed in school.
Robert Balfanz and Cynthia Trudell wrote an opinion column in Crain’s Chicago Business that espoused the value of schools partnering with Diplomas Now, which Balfanz co-founded. In 39 schools in 13 cities, students are staying on track to graduate, thanks to a public-private partnership with the U.S. Department of Education and the PepsiCo Foundation.
The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network is hosting its first live TV webcast to address "Solutions to the Dropout Crisis" on March 4.
The event will air from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. EST at www.dropoutprevention.org/webcast.
A Florida superintendent has turned discipline policies on their head — and it's paying off in dividends.
Robert Runcie took over Broward County Public Schools about two years ago, and the changes he's made have been radical.
“Looking at the glaring expulsion, arrest and dropout rates for our black and Latino students, I knew that we had to do something dramatically different,” Runcie told NBC News.
Those of us in the fight against the dropout epidemic know that a student’s decision to drop out is not made overnight.
In some cases, a student’s kindergarten experience pulls them off the track of graduation, while others begin to lose interest in late elementary or middle school. In many cases, plain old demographics play a majorly disruptive role in a student’s education.
But many students who exhibit risk factors persevere and others who have low risk factors drop out. So how do you tell who is going to and who isn’t early enough to intervene?
Op-Ed: Policymakers and at-risk students suffer from a class divide that makes dropout prevention more difficult
When policymakers create solutions for dropouts, they might not be thinking the same way as students with at-risk backgrounds.
An op-ed in The Pierce County Tribune by Lloyd Omdahl looks at the mindset differences between those who set policy and those who are expected to follow it.
In his piece, he focuses heavily on class differences and how people from high classes and low classes perceive the world.