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ERIC Number: EJ1104424
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1098-1608
How Did Successful High Schools Improve Their Graduation Rates?
Robertson, Janna Siegel; Smith, Robert W.; Rinka, Jason
Journal of At-Risk Issues, v19 n1 p10-18 2016
The researchers surveyed 23 North Carolina high schools that had markedly improved their graduation rates over the past five years. The administrators reported on the dropout prevention practices and programs to which they attributed their improved graduation rates. The majority of schools reported policy changes, especially with suspension. The main interventions that showed positive impact were improvements in academic support, school/classroom climate, and transition from middle to high school. School districts did support their schools, but only 61% gave additional financial support. Several school administrators reported success of specific programs, teachers having engaging lessons and high expectations, close monitoring of students, giving students more chances to succeed, and improved individual/family support as contributors to their improved graduation rates.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A