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ERIC Number: EJ920720
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1540-8000
Do We Have What It Takes to Put All Students on the Graduation Path?
Legters, Nettie; Balfanz, Robert
State Education Standard, v10 n1 p4-9 Feb 2009
Getting and keeping "all" young people engaged in learning and on track to graduate from high school ready for college and the 21st century workplace is going to require wider, deeper, and more systemic change. Recent policy focus on raising standards for high school graduation and aligning high school curriculum to college entrance requirements have been important first steps to establishing high expectations and engaging students through challenging, meaningful work. Education policymakers must now turn their sights to other systemic priorities so that students at risk of failure and dropping out can be provided the right supports at the right time so none fall through the cracks. Whether education policymakers succeed in ending the nation's dropout crisis will depend on how hard, smart, and collaboratively they work in five areas: (1) identifying the scale and scope of the dropout problem and understanding why students disengage from school; (2) transforming or replacing low-performing schools; (3) installing early warning and multi-tiered response systems that provide comprehensive, targeted, and intensive supports to students in and out of school; (4) establishing supportive policies and resource allocations; and (5) building community will and capacity so positive changes are deeply implemented and sustained. (Contains 1 figure and 16 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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Language: English
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