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Supporting Students for High School Graduation and Beyond

Introduction

Judy Delgado

Indian Education Program

California Department of Education

Webinar for California Indian Education Programs

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Supporting Students for High School Graduation and Beyond

Rose Owens-West, Ph.D.

Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd

Webinar for California Department of Education

Indian Education Program

supporting students for graduation the early warning system for dropout prevention

Supporting Students for Graduation: The Early Warning System for Dropout Prevention

Today’s Purposes

During this session we will discuss:

what we have learned about students who drop out

effective strategies for drop-out prevention

the Early Warning System - a process to support students who are at risk of dropping out.

region ix eac at wested

Region IX EAC at WestEd

Launched October 1, 2011

Arizona, California, Nevada

the region ix eac at wested
The Region IX EAC at WestEd

Federally funded center:

  • Protect Human and Civil Rights of students
  • Ensure equity of Access, Opportunity and Outcomes
  • College and Career Readiness, High Quality Instruction and Positive School Climate

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Region IX EAC at WestEd

Our commitment is to assist

districts throughout Arizona, California,

and Nevada to maintain an equity focus; influencing the development and implementation of solutions to improve access, opportunities, and outcomes

for all students.

region ix equity assistance center at wested

Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd

www.Wested.org/EAC

rowensw@wested.org

510-302-4246

300 Lakeside Drive, 25th floor

Oakland, CA 94612

research and prevention

Research and Prevention

Our presentation today, and the work we will be doing with CDE and districts is based on the Early Warning System

developed by the

National High School Center at the

American Institutes of Research.

agenda
Agenda
  • Contributing Factors
  • What Works
  • Specific Attention to Students
  • The Early Warning System
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Contributing Factors

The Key indicators that researchers have identified as indicators of who is most likely to drop out are:

Poor grades in core subjects

Low attendance

Failure to be promoted to the next grade

Disengagement in the classroom

Behavioral problems

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Contributing Factors

Most future high school dropouts may be identified as early as sixth grade and many can be identified even earlier!

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Contributing Factors

Being retained, particularly in the middle grades, but even in elementary school,

is associated with dropping out.

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Contributing Factors

Some key research indicated that more than half of sixth graders that attend school less than 80 % of the time eventually left school.

Balfanz and Herzog, 2005

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Contributing Factors

Some key research indicated that more than half of sixth graders that receive a low final grade from their teachers in behavior eventually left school.

Balfanz and Herzog, 2005

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Contributing Factors

Some key research indicated that more than half of sixth graders that fail either Math or English eventually left school.

Balfanz and Herzog, 2005

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Contributing Factors

Research has shown that students with prior behavior problems are most likely to fail during the transition years and eventually drop out.

Does this resonate with you?

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Contributing Factors

Students’ lack of safety, connectedness,

and support from caring adults also contribute to students not achieving and eventually dropping out

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Contributing Factors

Students who experience violence and harassment in the school setting

are more likely to disconnect from school.

but there is hope

But there is hope…..

There appears to be a window of opportunity in reaching middle grades students with behavior issues but who are not yet failing academic subjects.

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Quickwrite

Which of these contributing factors are a challenge for your students?

  • Poor grades in core subjects
  • Low attendance
  • Failure to be promoted to the next grade
  • Disengagement in the classroom
  • Behavioral problems

Please elaborate.

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What Works

Most future dropouts can be identified in the first year of high school when a sense of urgency about reaching out and supporting these students is critical before they disappear from school.

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What Works

Schools and tribal communities can work together to provide support for students and prevent them from dropping out.

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What Works

Establish a data system that tracks individual student attendance, grades, promotion status and engagement indicators such as behavior as early as fourth grade.

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What Works

Determine criteria for who is considered off-track for graduation and establish a continuum of appropriate interventions.

Does this strategy make sense to you?

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What Works

Keep track of ninth grade students who miss 10 days or more of school in the first 30 days. The first month of high school provides important information about who is at risk of dropping out.

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What Works

Monitor first quarter freshman grades

paying particular attention to failures

in core academic subjects.

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What Works

Monitor Fall semester freshman grades

paying particular attention to failures

in core academic subjects.

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What Works

Monitor end-of-year grades. They provide information about failure rates, reveal grade point averages, and providing detailed information about who is likely to struggle in later years and is the best indicator for predicting non-graduation.

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Quickwrite

What are the advantages that you can list for having members of the community work with students?

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Specific Attention to Students

Programs that work provide specific support to identified students to help them succeed academically and ultimately graduate.

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Specific Attention to Students

Proven dropout prevention programs

feature the following key components:

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Specific Attention to Students

Attendance and behavior monitoring

Tutoring and counseling

Personalization

Engaging catch-up courses

In your experience, have you seen that these

interventions help keep students in school?

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Specific Attention to Students

Homerooms

Benchmarking

Progress monitoring

Tiered interventions

Equal access to rigorous coursework

High expectations

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Specific Attention to Students

Career and college awareness

Community Engagement

Transition programs

Ninth grade academies

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Quickwrite

What are some ways in which you

work with tribes and districts to pay more specific attention to students who are

at risk of dropping out?

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The Early Warning System

A process and tools for identifying and monitoring students who are at risk of dropping out of high school.

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The Early Warning System

Enables the District and the Tribal Community to work together to improve student success in high school and for dropout prevention.

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The Early Warning System

SEVEN STEPS

Based on what we have learned from research and best practice.

seven steps

Seven Steps

Establish district and tribal community roles and responsibilities

Use the Early Warning Tools

Review the Early Warning Data

Interpret the Early Warning Data

Do these steps seem “doable”?

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The Early Warning System

Identify, assign and provide supports and interventions

Monitor students: supports and interventions

Evaluate and refine the Early Warning Process

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Quickwrite

What are some key supports that you provide to students who may be

at risk of dropping out?

specific focus on students

Specific Focus on Students

In order to resolve the dropout issues

the district/school/community must specifically attend to and support

those students at risk of dropping out.

final reflection
Final Reflection

Please share any reflections or questions you still have.

region ix equity assistance center at wested1

Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd

www.Wested.org/EAC

rowensw@wested.org

510-302-4246

300 Lakeside Drive, 25th floor

Oakland, CA 94612

references

References

Approaches to Dropout Prevention: Heeding Early Warning Signs with Appropriate Interventions

National High School Center

Betterhighschools.org

Balfanz, R. and Herzog, L. (2005). Keeping middle grades students on-track to graduation: Initial analysis and implications. Presentation at the second Regional Middle Grades Symposium, Philadelphia.