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Title: Mississippi Center for Education Innovation Graduation Coach ACT Initiative December 12, 2008


1
Mississippi Center for Education
InnovationGraduation Coach / ACT
InitiativeDecember 12, 2008
  • Sheril R. Smith, Ph.D.
  • Director, Office of Dropout Prevention

2
Mississippi Graduation Rate Dropout Prevention
InitiativesPart I Definitions Calculations
3
Different Assumptions, Data, Calculations
Different Mississippi Graduation Rates
  • 58.0 Urban Institute (CIP Index) calculation
    for 2004
  • 60.0 Manhattan Institute (Green Method)
    calculation
    for 2002
  • 62.7 NCES (Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate
    Method) calculation for 2004
  • 83.7 MDE (Traditional Calculation Method) for
    2004
  • 85.1 MDE (Traditional Calculation Method) for
    2005
  • Cohort Method Graduation rates calculated by
    tracking a cohort of individual students in MSIS
  • 60.8 - 2005 rate - 9th grade repeaters included
  • 63.3 - 2006 rate 9th grade repeaters included
  • 70.8 - 2006 rate 9th grade repeaters NOT
    included
  • 73.8 - 2007 rate 9th grade repeaters NOT
    included

4
Tracking Student Cohorts in MSIS
5
Establishing a Full 9-12 Cohort
  • Start with students entering 9th grade for the
    first time at the beginning of the starting year
    for the cohort.
  • Add students entering as 9th graders during the
    rest of that school year.
  • Add students entering as 10th graders the second
    year.
  • Add students entering as 11th graders the third
    year.
  • Add students entering as 12th graders the fourth
    year.
  • Note Self-contained special education students
    enter the cohort based on peer grade (using
    students age).

6
Student Transfers Out of the Cohort
  • Identify reason for the student transfer.
  • Code the student appropriately in MSIS.
  • Valid transfers out of the cohort include
  • Transfer to a private school in Mississippi
  • Transfer to a home school situation in
    Mississippi
  • Transfer to an approved community based GED
    program
  • Transfer to a school out of state or in another
    country
  • Student death is handled the same as a transfer
    out.
  • Note Students coded as valid transfers
    outside Mississippi public schools are removed
    from the cohort. Those transferring within
    Mississippi are simply reported at the new school
    district.

7
Dropouts
  • Identify reason the student dropped out.
  • Code the student appropriately in MSIS.
  • There are several codes for denoting dropout
    reason.
  • Currently, students transferring to a
    non-approved community-based GED program must be
    coded as dropouts.
  • Note Students coded as dropouts are not
    removed from the cohort. However, if a student
    returns to school anywhere in Mississippi, the
    student is reported at the new school district
    and the original dropout code is ignored.

8
Dropout Denominator
  • Begin with the full cohort N-count.
  • Subtract transfers out and deaths.
  • Divide the number of dropouts by this
    denominator to determine the dropout rate.

9
Mississippis Dropout Rates
  • Overall State Rate - 15.9 - Cohort Rate

Dropouts who entered high school as 1st time
9th graders in 2003 Students who entered high
school as 1st time 9th graders is 2003
transfers in transfers out
10
Completion/Graduation Denominator
  • Begin with the full cohort N-count.
  • Subtract transfers out and deaths.
  • Subtract certain special education students who
    are expected to take longer to complete.
  • Divide the number of completers by this
    denominator to determine the completion rate.
  • Divide the number of graduates by this
    denominator to determine the graduation rate.

11
Who Counts as a Graduate? Who Counts as a
Completer?
  • Students earning traditional diplomas are
    graduates.
  • Special Education students earning occupational
    diplomas are not graduates, but are counted as
    completers.
  • Special Education students earning certificates
    of attendance are not graduates, but are counted
    as completers.
  • Students earning a GED from a district program
    are not graduates, but they are counted as
    completers.

12
Mississippis Graduation Rates
  • Overall State Rate 73.8 - Cohort Rate

4-year regular diploma students who entered
high school as 1st time 9th graders in 2003 (
4-year cohort 1st time 9th graders in 2003)
transfers out special education students who
take longer to complete
13
The Importance of CLEAN Data for Accurate Dropout
/ Graduation Rates
  • We are sure our data process is reliable, we now
    have to ensure the data is valid.
  • The actual codes for transfers and dropouts do
    matter
  • There MUST be supporting documentation for any
    transfers
  • If there is no documentation, the student will be
    counted as a dropout
  • All releases / transfers/ enrollment reports MUST
    be verified before signing off on it
  • These data cleaning procedures will be in effect
    beginning in the 2008-2009 school year

14
Number of Transfers by Grade 2006-2007
15
Sum of Transfers (T4, T5, T8) by Grade2006-2007
16
2007-08 Student Enrollment Mississippi
17
Dropout / Graduation Data by Gender
RaceGraduating Class of 2007 - State
0.7
2.4
5.0
3.0
3.0
1.7
2.2
1.8
0.6
1.7
Source Mississippi Department of Education,
Office of Research and Statistics
18
Mississippi Graduation Rate Dropout Prevention
InitiativesPart II State Initiatives Designed
to Support LEAs
19
The Major Issues
  • Students Reasons for dropping out of school
  • Classes were not interesting 47
  • Missed too many days and could
  • not catch up 43
  • Spent time with people who were
  • not interested in school 42
  • Had too much freedom and not
  • enough rules in my life 38
  • Was failing in school 35

(The Silent Epidemic Perspective of High School
Dropouts, 2006)
20
The Major Issues
  • Students Reasons for Staying In School
  • Supportive family
  • Involvement with committed adult
  • Persevering attitude
  • Respectful relationship with teachers
  • Satisfaction with learning experiences
  • Relevant curriculum
  • Fair discipline policies

21
MISSISSIPPI NOTESTHE IMPACT OF DROPOUTS
  • ACADEMIC
  • Approximately one school bus full of students
    drop out of school each day in Mississippi
    (approximately 13,000 per year).
  • The lack of basic academic skills cost employers
    and colleges 116 million.
  • ECONOMIC
  • The estimated lost lifetime earnings in MS for
    one class of dropouts totals over 4 billion.
  • More than 1.5 billion would be added to the
    states economy by 2020 if students of color
    graduated at the same rate as white students.
  • HEALTH CARE
  • MS would save more than 121 million in health
    care costs over the course of the lifetime of
    each class of drop outs.
  • If all students had graduated from HS the state
    would see a savings of 117 million annually from
    Medicaid.
  • CRIME
  • The states economy would
  • see a combination of savings and revenue of more
    than 93 million in reduced crime spending and
    increased earnings each year if the male high
    school graduation rate increased by just 5.

22
Destination Graduation Teen Summit
  • On January 15, 2008, over 1,100 high school
    students and leaders, from 247 high schools came
    to Jackson to discuss issues related to dropout
    prevention work.
  • On February 27, 2008, over 2,000 community,
    business and school leaders, representing each
    school district around the state attended the
    adult summit to further the discussion on dropout
    prevention.

Destination Graduation Adult Summit
23
Where Weve Been Overview of the Mississippi
State Dropout Prevention Plan
  • Three Overarching Goals
  • Increase the graduation rate to 85 by 2018-19.
    Current Rate 70.8
  • Decrease the dropout rate to 13 by 2012-13.
    Current Rate 15.9
  • Decrease the truancy rate by 50 by 2012-13.
    Current truancy rate 31.8

24
Where Weve Been Overview of the Mississippi
State Dropout Prevention Plan
  • Implementation Goals
  • Goal 1 release of 9-12 dropout/graduation
    rate data
  • Goal 2 April 2, 2007 districts to submit
    Dropout Prevention Team member information
  • Goal 3 May 2007 release of needs assessment
    guidelines
  • Goal 4 Summer 2007 provide technical
    assistance at MDE summer conference
  • Goal 5 September 2007 release of dropout
    prevention plan guidelines

25
Where Weve Been Overview of the Mississippi
State Dropout Prevention Plan
  • Implementation Goals continued
  • Goal 6 Fall 2007 regional technical
    assistance training sessions
  • Goal 7 Feb. - April 2008 districts to submit
    draft dropout prevention plans
  • Goal 8 June 2008 local school boards to
    adopt district dropout prevention plans
  • Goal 9 August 2008 district plans to be
    implemented for 2008-09 school year

26
Where Weve Been Overview of the Mississippi
State Dropout Prevention Plan
  • Technical Assistance Opportunities
  • Approximately 22 state and 3 national conference
    presentations on dropout prevention issues
  • On-site training to 48 districts on various
    aspects of dropout plan development
  • Regional Technical Assistance Training Sessions
  • September Itawamba Community College, Tupelo
  • October Vicksburg Convention Center, Vicksburg
  • November USM Thad Cochran Center, Hattiesburg
  • Representation from 126 school districts

27
District Plans Whats Working(Just a Small
Sample)
  • http//www.mde.k12.ms.us/Dropout_Prevention/plan.h
    tm
  • Personal calling of parents on the first day a
    student is absent
  • Saturday School
  • Parenting Skill Training
  • Transition Programs
  • Counseling Psychological Services for Students
  • Parent University
  • Project Teen Intercept Teenage Pregnancy
  • Dropout Prevention Academies for parents and
    students
  • District Assessment Team
  • Community After School Program
  • Knock on Door Campaign
  • Establish a Daycare in the School
  • Provide Community Role Models

28
Where Were Going - 2008-2009 Upcoming Events
  • Parent Conversations with Dr. Bounds
  • October 27th Meridian
  • November 3rd - Vicksburg
  • November 10th - Canton
  • Mississippi Best Practices in Dropout
    Prevention Conference February 17th 18th
  • Bell-Ringer Project on Dropout Prevention
  • 15 statewide Reality Fairs
  • Mississippi Chronicles A Students Perspective
    on Dropout Prevention Video Project

29
www.mde.k12.ms.us/dropout_prevention
  • www.onthebus.ms

Sheril R. Smith, Ph.D., Director Office of
Dropout Prevention 601.359.3177 srsmith_at_mde.k12.ms
.us
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