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Title: Presentation IV A Discussion with School Boards: Raising the Graduation Rate, High School Improvement, and Policy Decisions


1
Presentation IV A Discussion with School
Boards Raising the Graduation Rate, High School
Improvement, and Policy Decisions
2
Presentation IV Goals for Presentations
  • Present information on the Virginia Graduation
    Rate
  • Review the Standards of Accreditation
    requirements concerning the Graduation and
    Completion Index and accreditation for 2011-2012
    and beyond
  • Review a comprehensive, systematic process for
    high school improvement through the Eight
    Elements of High School Improvement
  • Present information on the Virginia Early Warning
    System Tool and Guide
  • Promote discussion on policy issues affecting
    high school improvement efforts

3
Virginia Early Warning System Tool and Guide
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  • Available data housed at the school that are good
    predictors of whether a student is likely to drop
    out of school
  • Divisions and schools can use this information
    to
  • Track the risk factors associated with dropout
    behaviors for individual students
  • Implement tiered interventions that support
    off-track students while they are still in school
    before they drop out
  • Look for patterns and identify school climate
    issues that may contribute to disproportionate
    dropout rates at a subset of high schools or
    within subpopulations of students

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Virginia Early Warning System Tool and Guide
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  • Students who drop out in Virginia each year have
    similar characteristics.
  • Being absent more than 20 of the time
  • Failing or low grades in English and mathematics
  • Low Standards of Learning test scores in language
    arts/reading or mathematics
  • Multiple behavior referrals and suspensions
  • Changing schools during the school year
  • Repeating the current grade
  • Two or more years over age for grade

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Retentions in student cohorts
Retention/promotion Dropouts Non-dropouts
Retained in high school Retained in high school Retained in high school
2009 62 12
2008 59 12
Retained in ninth grade Retained in ninth grade Retained in ninth grade
2009 36 9
2008 38 6
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Attendance decreases over four years for students
who drop out
STATEWIDE STATEWIDE STATEWIDE
Average Days Absent for all students enrolled in 2007-2008 Average Days Absent for all students enrolled in 2007-2008 Average Days Absent for all students enrolled in 2007-2008
Non-dropout Dropout
2004-2005 8 19
2005-2006 8 22
2006-2007 9 28
2007-2008 10 30
Longitudinal perspective of annual dropout data,
2008 Source Holian, L. (2009). Status of High
School Dropouts in the State and Two Southwest
Regions. Presented at the VSBA meeting, March
11. REL Appalachia.
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Virginia Early Warning System Tool and Guide
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  • Virginia has developed a research-based Early
    Warning System Tool (EWS) in collaboration with
    the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center at
    Edvantia and the National High School Center
    which is being piloted in four school divisions
  • Indicators addressing attendance, behavior, and
    academic performance identify students at risk of
    dropping out of high school

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Virginia Early Warning System Tool and Guide
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  • An accompanying guide will support school and
    division efforts to make informed decisions to
    support high schools and plan overall school
    improvement
  • This guide will identify students with multiple
    risk factors and help in assigning and monitoring
    interventions to support those students
  • The Virginia EWS Tool and Guide will be available
    to high schools in the Commonwealth in fall, 2010


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Presentation IV Mid-Atlantic Equity Center
(MAEC) at The George Washington University Center
for Equity and Excellence in Education
  • Customized technical assistance that builds on
    current school improvement efforts
  • Dropout prevention based on model from Everyone
    Graduates Center
  • Assists schools with in-depth data analysis,
    developing and implementing early warning
    systems, and early intervention for students at
    risk of dropping out
  • http//maec.ceee.gwu.edu
  • donna.carr_at_edvantia.org

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Virginia Early Warning System Tool and Guide
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  • Our fifth and final presentation will focus on
    reviewing those policy issues we have identified
    as priorities
  • These policies have a great effect on the
    graduation success of our students
  • Our discussions will give direction for further
    data collection and study to plan for the future
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