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    Dropout Prevention


    Killingly Public Schools are joining an important national initiative, critical to the future of our students and of our community. We are committed to reducing the dropout rate among those students most at risk. In reviewing the research on dropout prevention, two clear messages come through:

    No single person or school can succeed in turning around a community’s dropout problems. Success requires the committed support of educators, parents, students, citizens, business executives, college leaders, non-profit and faith-based organizations and policymakers.

    Dropping out of high school is no longer an option, …not for the individual, not for the community, not for the country. We cannot afford to squander the talents and contributions of any American.

    Fortunately, as we embark upon this endeavor, we can look to a lot of solid research on dropout prevention that has been completed over the past 20 years. The first link below, Grad Nation (2009), is a very useful reference because it is based on documented successful efforts across the country. This guide outlines a community approach for dropout prevention, summarizes the key components for dropout reduction, and even provides tools.

    Grad Nation – A Guidebook to Help Communities Tackle the Dropout Crisis


    The 3 hyper-links that follow will take you to several large and fairly recent surveys of those most deeply involved with the final phases of decision-making as a young person makes the choice to drop out of school: the dropouts themselves, high school teachers and administrators, and the parents of students who have dropped out. The Executive Summary (first few pages) of each of these reports provides highlights from the survey findings.

    The Silent Epidemic - Perspectives of Students Who Have Dropped Out

    One Dream, Two Realities - Perspectives of Parents of Dropouts:


    Primary Sources: America's Teachers on America's Schools

    [full report] [PowerPoint of highlights]

    Scholastic Inc. and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have released a landmark report presenting the results of a national survey of more than 40,000 public school teachers, pre-K to 12. The survey reveals that, while teachers have high expectations for their students, they overwhelmingly agree that too many students are leaving unprepared for success beyond high school. Primary Sources reveals teachers' thoughtful, nuanced views on issues at the heart of education reform – from performance pay and standardized tests to academic standards and teacher evaluation.

    The survey, conducted by phone and on the web from March-June 2009, identifies five powerful solutions to address the challenges facing schools today:

    1. Establish Clear Standards, Common Across States
    2. Use Multiple Measures to Evaluate Student Performance
    3. Innovate to Reach Today's Students
    4. Accurately Measure Teacher Performance, Provide Non-Monetary Rewards
    5. Bridge School & Home to Raise Student Achievement

    Closing the Expectations Gap

    [full report] [Powerpoint presentation]

    Created in 1996 by the nation's governors and corporate leaders, Achieve is an independent, bipartisan, nonprofit education reform organization based in Washington D.C. that helps states raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability. Achieve is leading the effort to make college and career readiness a national priority. It has just released its 5th annual progress report on the alignment of aligning high school graduation requirements with the demands of college and the workplace, measured across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the survey tracks 5 areas of reform:

    · Standards

    · Graduation Requirements

    · P-20 Data Systems

    · Assessments

    · Accountability

    While Connecticut has not shown the progress in reform that has been seen in some of the other States, federal initiatives under the current federal leadership are moving us in this direction. Closing the Expectations Gap provides a quick overview of the direction and challenges.

    MetLife Foundation Afterschool Alert

    America's Promise:  Parent Engagement