Predicting it is the easy part…

Predicting school dropout seems to be as easy as ABC, according to a growing body of empirical evidence it appears attendance, behavior, and course failures are pretty darn accurate by middle school at predicting who will not finish high school.

The National High School Center’s Early Warning System (EWS) Middle Grades Tool enables schools and districts to identify students who may be at risk for academic failure and to monitor these students’ responses to interventions. The tool relies on student level data available at the school or district including indicators for attendance, course failures, and behavior (if available) to calculate potential risk for eventual dropping out. The intended purpose is to support students with an increased risk of academic failure, in order to get them back on track for academic success and eventual graduation.

To learn about and download this free tool click below:

http://www.betterhighschools.org/EWS_middle.asp

The National High School Center is part of a national network of Content and Regional Comprehensive Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education to help build the capacity of states across the nation to effectively implement the provisions and goals of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The National High School Center is one of five content centers covering a spectrum of topical areas especially relevant to NCLB and school improvement.

While predicting school dropout may be as easy as ABC, intervening to prevent school dropout can be a bit tricker.  I’ve included a link below that provides an overview of 10 effective teaching principles and how they relate to academic success that leads to school completion. Included are practical strategies that teachers can use to make their instruction more effective are also included.

http://successfulschools.org/resources/academic/effective-instruction-an-inconspicuous-strategy-for-dropout-prevention

Have a look and let me know if you have utilized any of the strategies provided in the link or have other strategies you have found to be effective.