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Faria, Ann-Marie; Sorensen, Nicholas; Heppen, Jessica; Bowdon, Jill; Eisner, Ryan – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2018
The national high school graduation rate reached its highest level in U.S. history--82 percent--during the 2013-14 school year (Kena et al., 2016)--but dropout remains a persistent problem in the Midwest and nationally. Early warning systems that use research-based warning signs to identify students at risk of dropping out have emerged as one…
Descriptors: Progress Monitoring, At Risk Students, Graduation Rate, Program Effectiveness
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Faria, Ann-Marie; Sorensen, Nicholas; Heppen, Jessica; Bowdon, Jill; Taylor, Suzanne; Eisner, Ryan; Foster, Shandu – Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest, 2017
Although high school graduation rates are rising--the national rate was 82┬ápercent during the 2013/14 school year (U.S.┬áDepartment of Education, 2015)--dropping out remains a persistent problem in the Midwest and nationally. Many schools now use early warning systems to identify students who are at risk of not graduating, with the goal of…
Descriptors: Intervention, Progress Monitoring, School Holding Power, Academic Persistence
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Mazzeo, Christopher; Fleischman, Steve; Heppen, Jessica; Jahangir, Theresa – Teachers College Record, 2016
Improving the nation's high schools--particularly those that are low-performing--involves challenges that are far easier to catalog than to surmount. In this chapter, the authors identify a handful of promising approaches that can help to achieve the goal that all students will graduate from high school well-prepared for further learning,…
Descriptors: Evidence, High Schools, Educational Improvement, Success
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Stuit, David; O'Cummings, Mindee; Norbury, Heather; Heppen, Jessica; Dhillon, Sonica; Lindsay, Jim; Zhu, Bo – Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest, 2016
In partnership with the Midwest Dropout Prevention Research Alliance the study team used student-level data and a five-step process to identify the most accurate indicators of students' failure to graduate from high school on time. Student-level data came from attendance records, transcripts, and discipline records of grade 8 and 9 students in…
Descriptors: High School Students, Academic Failure, Educational Indicators, Predictor Variables
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Heppen, Jessica; O'Cummings, Mindee; Poland, Lindsay; Zeiser, Krissy; Mills, Nicholas – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2015
High school graduation rates remain unacceptably low in the U.S., especially among disadvantaged youth (Chapman, Laird, Ifill, & KelalRamani, 2011; Stillwell, 2010), with troubling implications for future earnings and employment status (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012). Check & Connect (C&C) is an individualized program that pairs…
Descriptors: Mentors, Program Implementation, Program Effectiveness, High School Students
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Allensworth, Elaine; Michelman, Valerie; Nomi, Takako; Heppen, Jessica – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2014
In Chicago, over a quarter of students fail at least one semester of algebra in their ninth grade year, and only 13% of students who fail both semesters of Algebra I in ninth grade graduate in 4 years. Offering credit recovery options is one strategy to deal with high failure rates. The primary goal of credit recovery programs is to give students…
Descriptors: Algebra, Summer Science Programs, Program Improvement, Grade 9
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Eno, Jared; Heppen, Jessica – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2014
Algebra is considered a key gatekeeper for higher-level mathematics course-taking in high school and for college enrollment (Adelman, 2006; Gamoran & Hannigan, 2000). Yet, algebra pass rates are consistently low in many places (Higgins, 2008; Ham & Walker, 1999; Helfand, 2006), including Chicago Public Schools (CPS). This is of particular…
Descriptors: Algebra, Remedial Mathematics, Academic Failure, Credits
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Heppen, Jessica; Sorensen, Nicholas – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2014
The consequences of failing core academic courses during the first year of high school are dire. More students fail courses in ninth grade than in any other grade, and a disproportionate number of these students subsequently drop out (Herlihy, 2007). As shown in Chicago and elsewhere, academic performance in core courses during the first year of…
Descriptors: Algebra, Remedial Mathematics, Academic Failure, Credits
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Allensworth, Elaine; Nomi, Takako; Heppen, Jessica – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2013
The consequences of failing core academic courses during the first year are dire. In Chicago, over a quarter of students fail at least one semester of algebra in their ninth grade year, and only 13% of students who fail both semesters of Algebra I in ninth grade graduate in 4 years. Offering credit recovery options is one strategy to deal with…
Descriptors: Algebra, Repetition, Required Courses, Secondary School Mathematics
Heppen, Jessica; Allensworth, Elaine; Walters, Kirk; Pareja, Amber Stitziel; Kurki, Anja; Nomi, Takako; Sorensen, Nicholas – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2012
This study is an efficacy trial funded by a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) National Center for Education Research (NCER). Fifteen CPS high schools are receiving funding to implement two Algebra I credit recovery courses during the summer sessions of 2011 and 2012--one online and one face-to-face (f2f). These courses allow…
Descriptors: Algebra, Online Courses, At Risk Students, Grade 9
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Heppen, Jessica; Sorensen, Nicholas; Allensworth, Elaine; Walters, Kirk; Stachel, Suzanne; Michelman, Valerie – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2012
The consequences of failing core academic courses during the first year of high school are dire. In the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), only about one-fifth of off-track freshmen--students who fail more than one semester of a core academic course and/or fail to earn enough credits to be promoted to 10th grade--graduate high school, compared with…
Descriptors: High School Students, Grade 9, High School Freshmen, Public Schools
Heppen, Jessica; Allensworth, Elaine; Walters, Kirk; Pareja, Amber Stitziel; Kurki, Anja; Nomi, Takako; Sorensen, Nicholas – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2011
Credit recovery is one strategy to deal with high failure rates. The primary goal of credit recovery programs is to give students an opportunity to retake classes that they failed in an effort to get them back on track and keep them in school (Watson & Gemin, 2008). Most recently, as schools across the nation struggle to keep students on track…
Descriptors: Summer Schools, Student Participation, Online Courses, At Risk Students
Therriault, Susan Bowles; Heppen, Jessica; O'Cummings, Mindee; Fryer, Lindsay; Johnson, Amy – National High School Center, 2010
This Early Warning System (EWS) Implementation Guide is a supporting document for schools and districts that are implementing the National High School Center's Early Warning System (EWS) Tool v2.0. Developed by the National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), the guide and tool support the establishment and…
Descriptors: High Schools, Dropout Prevention, At Risk Students, Decision Making