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October 2013 Issue ~ Articles
Building College Readiness for All Students
The pervasive myth that low-income and minority students are not college material has perpetuated discrimination and tracking of students into water-downed courses and graduation paths that steer them away from college. We should instead focus our energy on how education systems can better prepare all students to meet the demands of academia and the workforce. In this article, Nilka Avilés, Ed.D., shares strategies schools can use to provide curriculum and instructional equity for all students.
Texas Public School Attrition Study, 2012-13
High School Attrition Rates Continue Downward Trends
Recent trends in attrition rates for Texas public high schools continue to show a seeming positive outlook for the number and percent of students who continue their school enrollment through graduation. IDRA’s annual attrition study released this month builds on a series of studies that track the number and percent of students in Texas who are lost from public school enrollment prior to graduation. In this article, Roy L. Johnson, M.S., gives highlights from the study and links to the study itself along with related resources.
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Attrition Study, 2012-13
public schools are losing one out of four students with strategies for taking action to hold on to students through graduation.
The Impact of the Coca-Cola Valued Program on Students and Schools in the United States and Brazil
In 2014, the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program will celebrate 30 years of positively impacting the lives of thousands of youth who were at risk of dropping out. Created by IDRA, this dropout prevention program began in San Antonio in 1984 and has operated in more than 550 schools throughout the continental United States, Puerto Rico, Brazil and the United Kingdom. In Brazil it operated from 1999 to 2011 in 46 schools in 21 cities and seven states at its peak. Felix Montes, Ph.D., and Linda Cantú, Ph.D., discuss how the program has had in impact on students, families and schools.
October 2013 Issue ~ Newsletter Plus
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Attrition Study, 2012-13
See infographic: Texas public schools are losing one out of four students with strategies for taking action to hold on to students through graduation (sharable web graphic, png)
Look Up Your County – See attrition rates and numbers over the last 10 years
– See which counties had attrition rates go up or down
Tool: Quality School Holding Power Checklist
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eBook: Types of Dropout Data Defined
Video: Parents and students talk about how the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program has made a difference in their lives. (00:41)
Classnotes podcasts on the School Holding Power
Counting Dropouts – Episode 62
The Power of Student Voices in Dropout Prevention – Episode 125
College for All – Episode 75
Continuities with Lessons in Dropout Prevention – Episode 63
Tracking vs. High Quality Education for All Students – Episode 124
Courage to Connect: A Quality Schools Action Framework
At a time when public education makes a world of difference to our students, communities and economic success, many are looking for strategies that will work for them and that will last. Courage to Connect: A Quality Schools Action Framework shows how communities and schools can work together to strengthen their capacity to be successful with all of their students.