BSVD`s Response to our Dropouts

Report
Boulder Valley
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BSVD’s Response
to our Dropouts
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School District
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 Intentional focus and work to
prevent dropouts and increase
graduates
 Preliminary results indicate:
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Higher retention rate
Increased credit retrieval rate
Declining failure rate at pilot schools
Improved attendance rates
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What is the significant work
that led to these results?
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Standards-Based Instructional Practices
Early identification and intervention
Real-time credit recovery
Horizons Program (Centaurus HS)
Options Academy (Arapahoe Campus)
Understanding the relevant research
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Johns Hopkins Research
 How many students show early warning signs of
school disengagement and when does it start?
 If they do show these early signs, is it predictive
of whether they ultimately drop out or graduate
from high school?
 Can schools identify and effectively intervene
with students showing these early warning signs?
John Hopkins Results
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 Just
can make the
difference between being on track to
graduation or off-track
 Dropouts have
than others, but this is not
as strong a predictor of dropping out as
course failure and attendance
 This is not just a high school issue
John Hopkins Results
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These indicators were predictive as
early as 6th grade:
 When a sixth grader’s attendance dips below
80%, the student has only a 1 in 6 chance of
graduating on time or one year late
 Only 20% of 6th graders receiving an out-ofschool suspension graduated on time or one
year late
 6th graders who failed Math or
English/Reading rarely graduated at all
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What does this
mean in Colorado?
This research has been replicated in other urban districts
like Chicago and also in five Colorado school districts
(DPS, Jeffco, Aurora, Adams 12 & Pueblo).
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BVSD Dropout Retrieval, Prevention
and Intervention Partnerships and
Colorado Graduates Initiative
 Colorado Youth for a Change…………...cycinfo.org
 National Center for School Engagement, an
Initiative of the Partnership for Families and
Children…..……………………..schoolengagement.org
 Colorado Children’s Campaign… .coloradokids.org
BVSD Partnerships
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Colorado Youth for a Change
 Dropout Outreach & Recovery
 Intervention Program
 New Program & School Development
BVSD Partnerships
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National Center for
School Engagement
 School Policy & Practice Review
 Design & Implement Early Warning
System
 Resource Mapping
 Professional Development
BVSD Partnerships
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Colorado Children’s Campaign
 Indentifying policy impediments to child
success, building public and legislative
support for the most effective solutions
and effectively advocating for policies to
improve the lives of the kids in Colorado
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BVSD Dropout Intervention
BVSD Graduates Initiative
BVSD Graduates Initiative
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Colorado Youth for a Change
Dropout Outreach & Recovery
 Identified 538 dropouts (2006-2009)
 48 had graduated or earned GED
 39 re-enrolled in BVSD
 134 enrolled in another district
 54 were too old to return
 188 not found/moved
 Remainder declined support
BVSD Graduates Initiative
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Colorado Youth for a Change
Dropout Outreach & Recovery
 Of the 39 students re-enrolled:
 3 graduated
 5 received a GED
 10 continuing and 11 re-enrolled this fall
 10 dropped with no further contact
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Colorado Youth for a Change
Ninth and Tenth Grade Intervention at
Centaurus High School
 Even one course failure in the 9th grade
drastically reduces the chance of
graduating on time
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CHS 9th-10th Intervention Program
# Classes Passed or Failed
Fall 2009 Semester
BVSD Graduates Initiative
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CHS 9th-10th Intervention Program
# Classes Passed or Failed
Spring 2010 Semester
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Colorado Youth for a Change
Next Steps
 Intervene with 11th and 12th graders who
are overage and under credit
 Support new program and school design
 Resources permitting, begin work at
Boulder High School
BVSD Graduates Initiative
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National Center for
School Engagement
Lafayette Schools
 Policy and Practice Review to identify
barriers and follow with
recommendations and action plans
 Assist with facilitation and professional
development to change practices
BVSD Graduates Initiative
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National Center for
School Engagement
Next Steps
 Complete Resource Mapping and assist with
integration of internal and external resources
 Design and Implement Early Warning System K-12
 Assist with identification and implementation of
interventions to address students identified through
the Early Warning System K-12
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Dropout rate is a
measurement typically
considered by high
schools, but it occurs
over multiple years.
BVSD Graduates Initiative
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BVSD Graduates Initiative
is Gap-Closing Work
 Grounded in extensive research
 Multi-pronged approach to early intervention
and prevention
 Real time dropout and credit recovery
 Every student will have a plan for graduation
and beyond (ICAP)
 It is possible for every student to graduate!

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