Archive for January, 2015

Black Male Dropouts Lead Nation in Incarceration

“On any given day, nearly 23 percent of all young Black men ages 16 to 24 who have dropped out of high school are in jail, prison, or a juvenile justice institution in America, according to a disturbing new national report released today on the dire economic and social consequences of not graduating from high […]

Sitting Beside You

Assessment:  Even reading that word makes me get nervous. Just imagine what it does to a struggling learner? Folks in education use this word as flippantly as coffee or toothbrush. Teachers give “assessments” all the time and so often the child behind the red ink is never really understood. When I read the book, Revealing […]

Dropout Prevention Update

National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Update January 2015 – Vol. 15, No. 1 Summary for January National Dropout Prevention Specialist Certification Program 27th Annual At-Risk Youth National FORUM Save the Date and Submit a Proposal to Present! 2015 National Forum on Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Communities Join the Network! Tune in to Solutions to […]

It’s Not A Secret…

It’s Not A Secret.  When families are involved, students are more likely to: o    Earn higher grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs o    Be promoted, pass their classes, and earn credits o    Attend school regularly o    Have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school o    Graduate and go […]

State Performance Plan Indicator 7

Happy New Year!! The State Performance Plan Indicator 7 (SPP 7) online application opened on January 1, 2015 for data entry for the 2014-15 school year.  For each Local Education Agency (LEA), data entry should begin at this time for all students age 3-5 with an IEP who were newly admitted into special education services […]

Results-driven Accountabilty

The U.S. Office of Special Education Programs recently announced a major shift in the way it oversees the effectiveness of states’ special education programs. Under this new framework, known as Results-Driven Accountability, the federal office has tilted the balance from a system focused primarily on procedural compliance to one that emphasizes improved educational results for […]