Graduation Rates Fall Short For Students With Disabilities – Disability Scoop

From Disability Scoop: “More Americans are graduating high school than ever before, but students with disabilities remain far behind their typically-developing peers, a new report finds.

Nationally, 80 percent of public high school students earned a diploma on time during the 2011-2012 school year, according to data released Monday from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.

While the number of students with disabilities obtaining diplomas also ticked up that year, just 61 percent of those with special needs graduated, the findings indicate.For the report, students were considered to graduate on time if they finished high school in four years. Those who completed an Individualized Education Program but did not obtain a traditional diploma and students who were held back a grade were not included.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan hailed the progress, but said there are still far too many students dropping out.”

Read more, via Graduation Rates Fall Short For Students With Disabilities – Disability Scoop.


College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center Launches “Research to Practice” Blog Series Next Month

Starting next month, the College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center will be launching a new blog series that will make connections between recent policy conversations to research conducted by the Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs). Each month, CCRS Center staff will highlight the latest REL research on college and career readiness topics. The purpose of this blog series is to assist readers in becoming more informed on the current research in and around college and career readiness, as well start a broader conversation around these topics. Be sure to look out for the first post in the series, focused on dropout prevention and early warning indicators, and join the conversation by sharing your perspective in the comments section of the post.

Interested in learning more about REL college and career readiness work? Take a look through the CCRS Center Calendar for REL sponsored CCRS-related events.


Americas Promise Alliance – Grad Nation Community Summits

Since its launch in 2010, the Grad Nation campaign has become a powerful movement to increase national high school graduation rates and ultimately prepare young people for success in college, career and life. The latest research shows that, for the first time, America is on track to reach the Grad Nation goal of a 90 percent national graduation rate by 2020.The Grad Nation Community Summits will hasten the United States’ progress towards reaching this milestone.  In 100 communities across the country, leaders from businesses, civic organizations, non-profits, local government, public schools, higher education, foundations and faith-based organizations will join with parents and young people to develop a blueprint to accelerate progress.

At the heart of these plans will be the Five Promises, the wraparound services that dramatically increase a young person’s chance of success: caring adults, safe places, an effective education, a healthy start and opportunities to help others.Each community will use its convening to create greater awareness, engagement and coordinated action around increasing graduation rates — all leading to better outcomes for local young people. Emerging will be a multi-year action plan to guide future work.

Community Summit Locations.  Fifteen of the 100 Community Summits will take place in 2013, with the remainder occurring through 2016. Confirmed locations include the following:

  • Birmingham, AL
  • Jackson, MS
  • Statewide and Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
  • Providence, RI
  • Toledo, OH
  • Tucson, AZ

via Americas Promise Alliance – Grad Nation Community Summits.


More Special Education Students Receiving Diplomas – Disability Scoop

From Disability Scoop: Graduation rates for students enrolled in special education are on the rise as fewer kids with disabilities drop out of school.

From 2009 to 2010, there was a 2 percent increase in the number of students with disabilities across the country who left school with a diploma, according to the 2012 Disability Statistics Compendium, released late last month.

The annual report from the University of New Hampshire synthesizes government data to paint a picture of the experiences of Americans with disabilities in education, health care, employment and other key areas by the numbers.

via More Special Education Students Receiving Diplomas – Disability Scoop.


Webinar: Staying the Course — Sustainability of Dropout Prevention Efforts in a Large Urban School District: Teaming, Action Planning, Implementation, Evaluation, and Celebration

The “Staying the Course: Sustainability of Dropout Prevention Efforts in a Large Urban School District: Teaming, Action Planning, Implementation, Evaluation, and Celebration” webinar will discuss the training and technical assistance provided to schools using the Dropout Prevention Intervention Framework of the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities (NDPC-SD). Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), the fourth largest school district in the nation, for the past six years, has collaborated with NDPC-SD in working to decrease the dropout rate for students with disabilities. M-DCPS’s key strategies and protocols for developing and implementing action plans based on data analysis, monitoring and evaluating progress, and celebrating student and school successes will be examined.