ERIC Number: EJ777981
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct-10
Reference Count: N/A
Mobility of Native American Students Can Pose Challenges to Achievement
Zehr, Mary Ann
Education Week, v27 n7 p1, 14 Oct 2007
This article reports on an obstacle to achievement that seems particularly pronounced among Native American students high mobility. The turnover rate for one school, North Middle School in Rapid City, South Dakota, was 50 percent overall last year--meaning that half the school's 468 students came or went after the start of the school year. Many of them were Native Americans. And instability carries a cost. The steady coming and going of students is one reason the school has always failed to make adequate yearly progress, or AYP, goals under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. To improve student achievement, North Middle has launched new teaching strategies, after-school tutoring, and family-outreach efforts that--if successful--could hold lessons for other urban and low-income schools with high student turnover.
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Academic Achievement, Teaching Methods, American Indians, American Indian Education, Student Mobility, Federal Legislation, Middle Schools, After School Programs, Tutoring, Outreach Programs, Family Programs, Urban Schools, Low Income Groups, Public Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Sponsor: Annenberg Foundation, St. Davids, PA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001