ERIC Number: ED443913
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Student Mobility and Academic Achievement: A Report of the Urban Schools Initiative Mobility Work/Study Group.
Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus.
While student mobility is not a "cause" of low academic achievement, it is one of the correlates of academic performance that should be regarded as a potentially significant factor in shaping students' academic performance. In this document, the Urban Schools Initiative of the Ohio Department of Education makes several recommendations to help urban Ohio students who change schools. Data on mobility rates should be collected in a standardized way by buildings and districts to begin focusing reform efforts to alleviate the effects of student mobility. Each urban school district should initiate a longitudinal study to collect accurate data on student movement over at least 4 years. Once patterns of mobility are identified, schools should undertake steps such as "red flagging" students with three transfers. Each school should provide a welcoming committee for new students, with parent volunteers for the elementary schools and student members for the middle and high schools. Each building should structure the organization and allocation of resources based on the needs of students. Districts should review local decisions that impact mobility, such as special education placement, bilingual programs, and disciplinary transfers. Districts should explore year-round schooling and other models. Districts and the state should exchange information and be sure to provide counseling for parents of transferring students. Some specific suggestions are made for elementary, middle, and high schools. Suggestions are made for funding the creation and maintenance of student mobility data gathering systems. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Data Collection, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Student Mobility, Student Records, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
Urban Schools Initiative, Ohio Department of Education, 65 S. Front Street, Room 707, Columbus, OH 43215. Tel: 614-466-2211; Fax: 614-752-7229.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio