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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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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, 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