The is the first in a new series of articles on the the commissioned research study, Increasing the Graduation Rate. Dr. Donna O'Neal, the author of the final report, will discuss the report and break out the findings in upcoming Georgia Graduation Stories blog posts for educators, parents, community and state leaders who are invested in increasing Georgia's High School Graduation Rate.
Increasing the Graduation Rate, Part 1
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In order to provide effective and efficient programs and interventions for students who are potential dropouts,
Click here for the full report and details on the research methodology.
Predicting Who Will Dropout of School
Most dropout prevention programs use checklists of risk factors to identify potential dropouts. In this study, more than 40 factors were identified as indicators that students would likely drop out of school. However, the research indicates that these factors are poor predictors of which individual students will actually drop out. There are problems with using checklists to identify individual students to which to target interventions.
It is difficult to know which characteristics and how many predict which specific students will drop out of school.Many students are misidentified. Many students are placed in intervention programs although they probably would not have dropped out, and many potential dropouts are not identified and not provided programs nor interventions. While both sets of misidentified students are troubling, the former uses valuable resources on students who are not likely to drop out of school.
Checklists that are based on a general population with no consideration of students in a specific locale are not efficient in the identification of specific students who will drop out of school.
Since using general checklists to identify specific students who are likely to drop out are ineffective and inefficient,
There are subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, variations in student populations from community to community and school to school. As
The research also recommends the following regarding additional data that would assist decision makers:
*Analysis of reasons why so many
*Analysis of why so many
*Analysis of the process used by Graduation Coaches to identify potential dropouts, and
*Analysis of the data gleaned from a more in-depth exit interview process.
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Georgia Public Broadcasting is pleased to welcome Dr. Donna O’Neal as our newest contributor to the Georgia Graduation Stories blog. Dr. O’Neal is the Director of The Next Generation School Project for the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.