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ERIC Number: EJ985286
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1527-1803
GOAL Academy: Giving Dropouts a Second Chance
Dicksteen, Lisa Napell
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J3), v87 n4 p32-35 Apr 2012
The U.S. Department of Education's (ED) National Center for Education Statistics defines dropouts as "16- through 21-year-olds who are not enrolled in school and have not earned a high school credential (either a diploma or an equivalency credential such as a General Education Development (GED) certificate)." According to the feds, the U.S. dropout rate for 2008 (the last year for which statistics are currently available) was 8 percent, with the number of African American and Hispanic dropouts far outpacing their white classmates. All across Colorado, the Guided Online Academic Learning (GOAL) Academy is helping at-risk Latino students re-engage in their learning by fostering personal relationships between students and teachers, and providing a rigorous curriculum that includes life skills. GOAL teachers don't see their students as having failed, they see the traditional brick-and-mortar education system and their students' family and social circumstances as having failed. Their students are not failures: they are successes that simply have not happened yet.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado