How to Improve Your Students’ Test-Taking Skills

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 10/27/15 11:00 AM

Sixteen to 20 percent of students suffer high levels of anxiety before a test, and another 18 percent struggle with moderately high anxiety, making it the most common cause of poor educational performance, according to the American Test Anxieties Association.1 A variety of issues with teachers, study environment, subject matter and motivation can also contribute to poor test performance. High school teachers can't control all these factors, but we can help our students better prepare for tests by addressing some of the most common causes of test anxiety and poor performance.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, High School Completion

6 Ways to Improve Parental Involvement in High School

Posted by Ray McNulty on 10/22/15 4:00 PM

Parental involvement in student life is proven to improve education performance,1 but it tends to taper off in the high school years. Some of this is only natural — as children grow into teens, it's normal for a bit of distance to develop between them and their parents. In lower grades, parents are often required to attend parent-teacher conferences and sign off on report cards and homework, but this doesn't always continue into the higher grades. We think it should — more parental involvement in school correlates with higher grade point averages and further sets students up for success.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis

How to Set High Expectations Without Discouraging Teens

Posted by Ray McNulty on 10/15/15 10:30 AM

High school graduation rates continue to improve and remain on track to meet a national goal of 90 percent by 2020, according to the latest Building a Grad Nation report, released annually by a coalition of educational organizations.1 The graduation rate for the 2012-2013 school year hit 81.4 percent, the highest since states adopted a new method of calculating graduation rates in 2010. Advances by black and Hispanic students help account for this trend. However, national gains are distributed unevenly among school districts, and graduation rates remain unacceptably low in some areas for low-income, English-language learning and special education students.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis

8-Point Plan to Help Students Succeed Despite Personal Hardships

Posted by Ray McNulty on 10/8/15 11:00 AM

Unfortunately, not all high school students are set up for success. Many students who struggle at school come from challenging circumstances at home, and others are facing hardships such as the death of a parent, homelessness or addiction that threaten their ability to finish high school. The national high school dropout rate, while improving, is still a crisis — according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, about 7,000 students drop out every day1. High school staff and administrators need to support students who are facing such hardships and enable them to succeed in high school and move into post-secondary education.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis

How Blended Learning Can Provide Meaningful Relationships For Students

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 9/22/15 11:57 AM

Last week, GradNation of America’s Promise Alliance released a new report titled Don’t Quit on Me: What Young People Who Left School Say About the Power of Relationships. As a follow up report to last year’s Don’t Call Them Dropouts, this new study focuses on the importance of the strength, number, and nurture of relationships students have throughout high school, and how it affects their choice to stay in school. Gathered from the perspectives of young people themselves, the report found that relationships are cornerstone to a student’s success in high school, and that it is pivotal that individuals, schools, and communities focus on connecting students with mentors who can provide students with a web of support and resources they need to succeed.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, High School Completion, Industry News, Opportunity Youth

Will Raising the Legal Dropout Age Help Students?

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 9/1/15 9:30 AM

Kentucky and Maryland recently raised the legal age a student can drop out of high school. While Kentucky raised its dropout age from 16 to 18, Maryland raised its dropout age from 16 to 17, with plans to raise it again to 18 in 2017. With these new laws, both states hope to underscore the importance of a K-12 education and argue that keeping teens in school longer will help to combat the dropout crisis. However, a series of unintended consequences have challenged these new mandates, and others argue that states and school districts should be investing in other alternative solutions to the dropout age law.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, High School Completion, Opportunity Youth, Public & Private High Schools

How To Improve Students’ Lives Through Community Collaboration

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 8/20/15 3:00 PM

America’s Promise Alliance has recently published a report funded by the Ford Foundation titled Expanded Learning, Expanded Opportunity: How Four Communities Are Working to Improve Education for Their Students. The report examines case studies from four cities from around the nation, and their efforts to supplement traditional schooling with after-school learning time. The ultimate takeaway: due to the fact that each community differs from the next, there is more than one approach for providing young people with educational support they need to help them thrive in school.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, High School Completion, Opportunity Youth

New Breath of Life for the Youth PROMISE Act

Posted by Bliss Parsons on 8/6/15 9:30 AM

On Wednesday, July 15th, four senators announced that they have reintroduced the Youth Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support, and Education Act -- or the Youth PROMISE Act.

Refreshed and recharged with strong research and fierce bipartisan backing, the latest version of the PROMISE Act has hit the House floor for a vote once again. The four senators, Bob Casey (D-PA), Gary Peters (D-MI), David Vitter (R-LA), and James Inhofe (R-OK), have come together to form an unlikely alliance. Originally introduced in 2007 by Virginia Democratic Rep. Bobby Scott, the bill has been reintroduced each new session of Congress, each time failing to get a vote on the House floor despite a series of amendments and additional political backing.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, Industry News, Opportunity Youth

It’s Time To Reimagine No Child Left Behind - Part II

Posted by Kevin Bauman on 8/4/15 1:30 PM

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) has been awaiting congressional reauthorization since 2007. Luckily, Senators unveiled a bipartisan agreement in April of this year to reauthorize NCLB: retitled the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. This revised Act would grant states more flexibility in developing and implementing their own measures of accountability, while reducing the focus on high-stakes testing and harsh consequences for teachers and schools.The Act moves more towards the original intent on addressing educational inequality. The Senate education committee unanimously voted for the new bill.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, High School Completion, Industry News, Opportunity Youth

How Job Corps is Combating the Dropout Crisis

Posted by Frank Britt on 6/29/15 3:00 PM

Through thejuvenile courts and the adult criminal justice system, the United States incarcerates more of its youth than any other country in the world. In 2013, 54,148 juveniles were incarcerated inyouth detention facilitiesalone and approximately 500,000 youth are brought to detention centers in a given year.1  The consequences of this dynamic includes the phenomenon of “peer delinquency training,” and results in greater levels of substance abuse, school difficulties, violence, and adjustment difficulties to adulthood.2 These dynamics are also a primary cause of the so called “dropout-to-prison pipeline” issue which regrettably proves the high correlation between high school drop rates and youth challenges with the law. This situation is pervasive and depreciates the lives of millions of young Americans, and also ends up costing taxpayers billions of dollars to keep dropouts and disadvantaged populations in prison.

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Topics: Dropout Crisis, High School Completion, Opportunity Youth, Youth Organizations


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