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Kennedy, Brianna L.; Soutullo, Olivia – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2018
The increased use of exclusionary discipline over the past four decades has included educators sending students to involuntary disciplinary schools. Reasons for sending students often include infractions that are subjectively defined by educators and nonviolent in nature, suggesting that educators' beliefs about students and their behaviors play…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Education, Discipline, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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Wilkerson, Kimber L.; Afacan, Kemal; Perzigian, Aaron B.; Courtright, Maxwell R.; Lange, Lauren E. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2018
Urban districts are important places to observe the array of non-traditional schooling options in which high school students can be educated. We examined enrollment distributions in 1 traditional and 3 different types of alternative high schools in 1 urban school district. We coded all high schools in the sample district into 4 school types…
Descriptors: High School Students, Nontraditional Students, Urban Schools, School Districts
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Garner, Joanna; Moots, Shanan Chappell – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2018
Students who transition between school settings may manifest academic and social-emotional challenges that can be ameliorated through the efforts of educators and school counselors. To assess needs and outcomes, however, counselors require data from valid and reliable measures. This article presents the Quality of Transition Instrument (QTI), a…
Descriptors: Well Being, Student Adjustment, School Counselors, High School Students
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Flaum-Horvath, Shannon; Marchand-Martella, Nancy E.; Martella, Ronald C.; Kauppi, Cassondra – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2017
This study examined the effects of the SRA FLEX Literacy (FLEX) program provided to 44 middle school students considered at risk for reading failure as compared to their peers who were not at risk in reading (N = 197) who received instruction in the Holt Elements of Literature series. Two outcome measures were used to judge the effects of the…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Reading Fluency, Oral Reading, At Risk Students
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Litzau, Christopher; Rice, Nancy – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2017
The number of students in the United States who did not complete high school decreased by 27% from 2008 to 2012 (Alliance for Excellent Education, America's Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, & The Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, 2015). This is a positive trend. High schools can help students complete school and…
Descriptors: High School Students, Developmental Studies Programs, Dropout Prevention, Reentry Students
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Villarreal, Victor – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2017
Extracurricular activity participation has been associated with a multitude of positive outcomes, including school completion, and research suggests that students at risk for school failure are particularly likely to benefit from participation. However, before extracurricular activity participation can be promoted to address such issues,…
Descriptors: Extracurricular Activities, Middle School Students, Hispanic American Students, Early Adolescents
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Okilwa, Nathern S. A. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2016
This study explored the experiences of middle school students, particularly focusing on the academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students. For low SES middle school students, the known cumulative effects of poverty coupled with school transition and early adolescence development heighten the potential risks for school failure. By…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Economically Disadvantaged, Predictor Variables, Parent Participation
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Ecker-Lyster, Meghan; Niileksela, Christopher – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2016
This article reviews the literature on dropout trends, prevention, and intervention initiatives for school-aged children. Theoretical and consequential trends are highlighted to offer educators a perspective in which to view the dropout problem. This article also examines current trends in prevention and intervention initiatives aimed at reducing…
Descriptors: Dropouts, Intervention, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Rate
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DeLamar, Shawna; Brown, Casey Graham – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2016
This study examines the issues surrounding middle school students' transitions to high school and the degree to which freshman orientation models can help them. The attendance, discipline, report card grades, and end-of-course exams of 60 students who participated in a freshman orientation were compared to those of 150 students who were invited to…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Middle School Students, High School Students, Transitional Programs
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Robertson, Janna Siegel; Smith, Robert W.; Rinka, Jason – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2016
The researchers surveyed 23 North Carolina high schools that had markedly improved their graduation rates over the past five years. The administrators reported on the dropout prevention practices and programs to which they attributed their improved graduation rates. The majority of schools reported policy changes, especially with suspension. The…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, High Schools, School Effectiveness, Educational Improvement
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Collins, James C.; Ryan, Joseph B. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2016
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based practice that has been shown to prevent and remediate challenging student behaviors, while concurrently improving academic outcomes. While the implementation of PBIS is a schoolwide process which involves multiple intensive trainings for all instructional and support staff,…
Descriptors: Intervention, Case Studies, Student Behavior, Behavior Problems
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Buchanan, Rohanna; Ruppert, Traci; Cariveau, Tom – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2016
Middle school students with emotional and behavioral disorders are at risk for myriad negative outcomes. Transitioning between schools may increase risk for students being reintegrated into their neighborhood school. The current study seeks to inform supports for students and their families during these transitions. Students With Involved Families…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Case Studies, Middle School Students, Behavior Disorders
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Williams, Ronald D., Jr.; Barnes, Jeremy T.; Holman, Thomas; Hunt, Barry P. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2014
Substance use among youth is a significant health concern in the rural United States, particularly among at-risk students. While evidence-based programs are available, literature suggests that an underdeveloped rural health prevention workforce often limits the adoption of such programs. Additionally, population-size restrictions of national…
Descriptors: Prevention, Substance Abuse, Rural Youth, Pilot Projects
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McMurrey, Allen L. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2014
This paper takes a critical conceptual look at education policy and practice from the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 1965 to the present. The paper examines the roots of current United States educational policies, and shows that, in some cases, well-intentioned efforts have had a negative impact on vulnerable populations…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation
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Mello, Zena R.; Mallett, Robyn K.; Andretta, James R.; Worrell, Frank C. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2012
In this study, we extend research on stereotype threat to adolescents and to school belonging. Stereotype threat refers to the impact of societal stereotypes on individual performance. Participants included adolescents from marginalized racial/ethnic minority groups including African Americans, American Indians, and Latinos and nonmarginalized…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Minority Groups, American Indians, Asian Americans
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