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Support for At-Risk Students


 

Why is this topic important?

 
African American: Editorial Projects in Education’s estimated on-time graduation rate for 2005 for African American students was 55% and only 48% for African American males. 

English Language Learners: The number of Limited English Proficient students has grown by 57.17% from 95/95 to 2005/2006 and Spanish speakers make up roughly ¾ of those students. The estimated on-time graduation rate for Hispanic students in 2005 was 58%.


Students Experiencing Homelessness:
Over 679,000 students are experiencing homelessness. Homeless students face many barriers that may limit their ability to graduate. For more information, visit the National Center for Homeless Education.

Migrant Students: Migrant students may drop out of school due to multiple risk factors, including high poverty, limited formal schooling, limited English proficiency, and high mobility. It is estimated that the average migrant student moves 2-3 times in one school year.

What resources can we suggest?

Issues & Answers:

PDF Reducing Stereotype Threat in Classrooms: A Review of Social-Psychological Intervention Studies on Improving the Achievement of Black Students - Stereotype threat arises from a fear among members of a group of reinforcing negative stereotypes about the intellectual ability of the group. The report identifies three randomized controlled trial studies that use classroom-based strategies to reduce stereotype threat and improve the academic performance of Black students, narrowing their achievement gap with White students.

EBE Request Desk Responses:

PDF EBE Response #222 – Innovative programs for Black male dropouts. 

PDF EBE Response #209 - What are states doing to improve graduation rates? 

pdf icon EBE Response #228 - Which states have laws that require schools to serve expelled students? 

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 EBE Response #359 - Which states are currently implementing a "Graduation Coach" initiative and  how do they compare on a number of dimensions? 

PDF EBE Response #470 - How are data being used to identify students at-risk for not graduating and/or not achieving career and college readiness? 

PDF EBE Response #387 - What is the research on early warning indicator systems for secondary schools?

Resources Evidence Based Education Request Desk – Visit our EBE Request Desk for information about submitting a question. 

E-Learning:

10-minute college The Graduation Challenge Webinar - view archive of webinar, featuring Joanna H. Fox.

presentation  Response to Intervention: What the research tells us about the effective interventions for
  English Language Learners presentation
- Cara Richards, PhD, California State University,
         Long Beach

Web pages:

SERVE Web page  Visit our Early Warnings Indicator section 
 
SERVE web page Visit the National Center for Homeless Education's Website

Additional Resources

IES Regional Educational Laboratory Program Publications:

PDF Berliner, B., Barrat, V.X., Fong, A.B., and Shirk, P.B. (2008). Reenrollment of High School Dropouts in a Large, Urban School District (Issues & Answers Report, REL 2008–No. 056). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Regional Educational Laboratory West.

Website  Dynarski, M., Clarke, L., Cobb, B., Finn, J., Rumberger, R., and Smink, J. (2008). Dropout Prevention: A Practice Guide (NCEE 2008–4025). Washington, DC: National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. 

PDF  Myint-U, A., O’Donnell, L., Osher, D., Petrosino, A., & Stueve, A. (2008; revised January 2009). Piloting a Searchable Database of Dropout Prevention Programs in Nine Low-Income Urban School Districts in the Northeast and Islands Region (Issues & Answers Report, REL 2008–No. 046). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands.


Websites:

Website Alliance for Education

Website America’s Promise Alliance 

website IES National Laboratory Network Publications

Website National Dropout Prevention Center







Issues & Answers 076

Reducing Stereotype Threat in Classrooms: A Review of Social-Psychological Intervention Studies on Improving the Achievement of Black Students.
 
Stereotype threat arises from a fear among members of a group of reinforcing negative stereotypes about the intellectual ability of the group. The report identifies three randomized controlled trial studies that use classroom-based strategies to reduce stereotype threat and improve the academic performance of Black students, narrowing their achievement gap with White students.

PDF Read the report.

 
SERVE web page  For more information about reducing stereotype threat, visit our web page.


question mark For related regional reports, visit our Responding to the Region section.