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Achieve, Inc., 2018
There is a growing body of research that suggests the first year of high school is a critical transition point for students. It also finds course-taking and successful completion of those courses in 9th grade to be valuable predictors of students' success in high school. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states an opportunity to…
Descriptors: Statewide Planning, State Policy, Educational Policy, Program Implementation
Louisiana Department of Education, 2018
"Louisiana Believes," the state's comprehensive plan to prepare students for college and career success, includes a system of related policies and programs that help schools provide students with pathways to future prosperity, give schools the resources to offer these pathways, and reward schools when students achieve their goals. This…
Descriptors: High School Students, College Readiness, Career Readiness, At Risk Students
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2015
We learn by doing. This simple philosophy is at the heart of project-based learning in the 21st-century classroom. It is grounded in the belief that the stand and lecture approach to teaching, worksheets and rote memorization are not enough to move students down a path to the deep learning necessary for success in college and careers. Essential…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Active Learning, Student Projects, Learner Engagement
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Wholey, Jane; Burkes, Betty – Teachers College Record, 2015
Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools is an organization of primarily middle school youth that formed after Hurricane Katrina destroyed most of the city's schools. This chapter describes Rethink's first six years of operation, which culminated in school system policy changes and an HBO documentary about the organization's groundbreaking work.
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Documentaries, Films, Natural Disasters
Chenoweth, Karin – Phi Delta Kappan, 2015
School districts shape the conditions in which schools operate and as such can support or undermine school success and thus student success. All of which is to say that school districts matter. This article looks at the success of two districts whose low-income and minority students beat the odds in academic achievement. Lessons from these…
Descriptors: School Districts, Low Income Groups, Minority Group Students, Academic Achievement
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Frazelle, Sarah; Nagel, Aisling – Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest, 2015
To stem the tide of students dropping out, many schools and districts are turning to early warning systems (EWS) that signal whether a student is at risk of not graduating from high school. While some research exists about establishing these systems, there is little information about the actual implementation strategies that are being used across…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Dropouts, Dropout Prevention, Prevention
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Rosenfeld, Malke, Ed. – Teaching Artist Journal, 2014
This section is full of stories from teaching artists working to clarify what needs to change within their practices and moving toward solutions--whether it's supporting a classroom of learners in new and unexpected ways, reassessing one's approach in the classroom, shepherding an individual child toward success, or professionalizing an entire…
Descriptors: Artists, Art Teachers, Art Education, Educational Practices
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2014
This report details Louisiana's participation in Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) programs and services from December 2013 through November 2014. Appropriations from member states support SREB's core operations and general services. SREB leverages the long-standing commitment of member states to attract external funding for an array of…
Descriptors: Geographic Location, Regional Programs, College Readiness, Career Readiness
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Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast, 2011
Over the past decade, research on dropout prevention has become focused on using evidence-based practice, and data-driven decisions, to mitigate students' dropping out of high school and instead, support and prepare students for career and college. Early warning systems or on-track indicators, in which readily available student-level data are used…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Dropout Prevention, Evidence, At Risk Students
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Chandler, Prentice T.; Buck, Kathy; Ferguson, Debra – Current Issues in Middle Level Education, 2011
This article provides an overview of the use of service learning in the middle schools as a way to instill and foster civic responsibility and citizenship in students. In addition to a discussion about service learning's major aspects, the authors provide concrete examples of how to implement service learning across the curriculum in middle school…
Descriptors: Social Responsibility, Service Learning, Middle Schools, Citizenship
Texas Comprehensive Center, 2011
Effectively meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse population of students presents challenges for educators across the United States, including the Texas and Southeast Comprehensive Center regions. Increasingly rigorous achievement expectations must be supported with flexible, accessible curricula, offering multiple pathways to success in…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Middle School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Outcomes of Education
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2006
SREB states were among the first in the nation to set comprehensive state academic standards for K-12 schools. Setting these initial standards was only part of the job. Getting these standards right and keeping them right may be the most important task facing public education today. If state standards are too low, many public school graduates will…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Public Education, National Competency Tests
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Mizell, Hayes – Middle School Journal (J3), 2005
Many school systems have so much difficulty when it comes to educating students between the ages of 12 and 15. There seems to be perennial dissatisfaction with how public schools educate these "young adolescents." The grade configurations of schools varied, but the dominant pattern was eight years of primary school followed by four years…
Descriptors: Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Middle Schools, High Schools, Junior High Schools
SEDL, 2003
In December 2000, the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) was awarded a five-year research and development (R&D) contract to develop and refine a systemic model to improve student achievement in reading or mathematics in low-performing districts and schools. At the onset of the project, 20 districts in Arkansas, Louisiana, New…
Descriptors: School Districts, Models, Research and Development, Educational Development