Dropout Prevention Insights Gained from the Minnesota Department of Education Initiative

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Minnesota 2008 Graduation Rate. AYP 91.6%Four Year 72.8%White80.6 %American Indian41.0 %Black 40.9 %Hispanic39.6 %LEP43.4 %Special Ed51.8 %F

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Dropout Prevention Insights Gained from the Minnesota Department of Education Initiative Education Commission of the States Commissioners Meeting New Orleans January 6-8, 2010 Dropout Prevention Initiative

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Minnesota 2008 Graduation Rate AYP 91.6% Four Year 72.8% White 80.6 % American Indian 41.0 % Black 40.9 % Hispanic 39.6 % LEP 43.4 % Special Ed 51.8 % F & R Price Lunch 51.8 %

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Sobering Statistics Nearly 14,000 understudies did not move on from Minnesota's secondary schools in 2009, the lost lifetime income in Minnesota for that class of dropouts alone aggregate more than $3.6 billion [or about $260,000 per understudy in lost revenue]. On the off chance that Minnesota's secondary schools graduated the greater part of their understudies prepared for school, the state would spare right around 89.1 million a year in junior college and remediation expenses and lost income. Minnesota's economy would see a blend of wrongdoing related reserve funds and extra income of about $77.8 million every year if the male secondary school graduation rate expanded by only 5%. The Alliance for Excellent Education, 2009

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Five Overall Goals for MDE Develop a far reaching dropout avoidance display Develop devices to upgrade the advancement of powerful programming Increase statewide and neighborhood coordination to address dropout aversion Provide support and specialized help for nearby training offices Increase the probability of proceeded with execution maintainability of allow achievement

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Structure Cross Departmental Team School decision, custom curriculum, Indian Education, Safe & Healthy Learners, After school, English Language Learners, Service Learning, High School Improvement Staffed by Project Coordinator Resource centered MDE Liaison to Pilot Districts Role incorporated into progressing obligations Onsite/continuous specialized help Coordinated through venture group Checklists, Planning Tools/Processes, Framework

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Participants in the Initiative Participating secondary schools and center schools from the accompanying seven regions: Brooklyn Center Duluth Hibbing Park Rapids Red Lake Richfield St. Paul Wide variety in school enlistment numbers, understudy socioeconomics, geographic area, region funds/structure, school and group logical issues

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Engaging Students in School and Learning Ten Strategies (National Dropout Prevention Center) School-Community Collaboration Safe Learning Environments Family Engagement Literacy Development Mentoring/Tutoring Service-Learning After School Opportunities Professional Development Contextualized and Active/Individualized Learning Alternative Schooling

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Schools Use a Series of Checklists and Templates to Guide the Planning Process Checklist 1: Getting Started Start-up exercises, gathering applicable information, needs appraisal Checklist 2: Data Synthesis and Implementation Focus Reflection & combination of information; well-spoken execution center Checklist 3: Implementation Detail and Evaluation Plan Implementation detail (what, who, course of events, and so on.); assessment arrange with objectives, destinations and markers

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Few (5%) Tertiary Level (intensive) Some 10 - 15% react Secondary Level (targeted) All get the intercession – avoidance situated 80% react Primary Level (universal) Levels of Intervention 3 Tiered Model We can work to connect with understudies at an assortment of levels… a thorough arrangement

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Levels of Intervention Universal – essential aversion, incorporates all adolescent, ease per individual (systemic positive train program) Secondary – counteractive action/mediation, incorporates around 15% who are distinguished as being at danger of dropout, direct cost (programs that work to manufacture particular abilities) Tertiary – mediation, incorporates 5% of youth showing clear indications of early school leaving, high need, high cost (escalated wrap-around administrations) What does it resemble? Graduation Triangles: Comprehensive Systems of Support

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Brooklyn Center Schools

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Dropout Prevention Initiative Timeline

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Data-based Indicators of Effectiveness Four Year Graduation Rate – a four-year on-time graduation rate in light of a partner of first time ninth grade understudies in addition to moves into the companion inside the four year time frame short exchanges out of the associate inside the four year time frame. The rate is like the National Governors Association (NGA) Graduation rate – however the NGA rate permits more opportunity for a specialized curriculum understudies and late outsiders to graduate . Incorporates tally and rate of understudies who graduate, dropout, proceed or are of obscure status

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4 Year Graduation and Continuing Rate (2004-2008) ** 4 of 7 secondary schools demonstrated huge increment in graduation/proceeding with rate over the 4 years ** Average rate change crosswise over 6 schools = +2.9% ** Red Lake – critical decline in graduation/proceeding with rate ** 2 schools now at or above state normal (2008; 88.1%)

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Outcomes and Significant Results Students Dropping Out of School (2004-2008) 5 of 7 secondary schools had less dropouts 2 of the 7 schools expanded number of dropouts Number of understudies dropping out of school diminished by 24% **Data utilized from 6 of 7 schools; 179 to 136 **Enrolled 9 th grade partner remained about the same (abatement of .2%; 1633 to 1630) Persisting in School Number of understudies holding on in school expanded by 17% from 2004-2008 (6 of the 7 schools expanded the number and rate of understudies proceeding in school past four years)

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4 Year Graduation (rate) Disaggregated for Selected Student Groups

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Results by School and for Specific Programs Indicators Associated with Dropout and School Completion Duluth – Average every day participation expanded; number understudies getting coming up short evaluations diminished, expanded scores on size of formative intercultural affectability Red Lake Schools – suspensions diminished, participation rates expanded Hibbing – truancy referrals diminished Richfield – scholarly development in perusing and math (MCA scores); Check & Connect (n=32) – diminish in nonappearances and tardies; diminish in number of in school suspensions; enhanced evaluations; Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) 368 less days missed 2007-2008 (n=124) Brooklyn Center – enhanced school atmosphere as showed by understudy study discoveries; diminish suspensions and behavioral referrals (by more than half from 2006 – 2008) Park Rapids – number of out of school suspensions diminished; truancy referrals diminished, tormenting episodes diminished on play area and transport St. Paul – increment in number of understudies going to sorted out school visits

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Changes in Scope or Unexpected Results There were a few positive remaining results related with the Dropout Prevention activity that couldn't be measured by means of quantitative result markers, to include: a more community oriented way to deal with dropout avoidance at all levels of the Minnesota Department of Education, and, the neighborhood schools. more prominent mindfulness with respect to general society about the dropout issue and the hazard variables included. schools and groups are working together in ways they never longed for the Initiative and neighborhood assets are being utilized as a part of at each site to bolster the activity. (Outside Evaluator, 2009) Host Americorps Promise Fellow through Minnesota Alliance With Youth – interface with 60 other Promise Fellows all through Minnesota (MN) and statewide accomplices including Search Institute, National Youth Leadership Council, Mentoring Partnership of MN, University of MN Center for Youth Development, Youth Community Connections

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Changes in Scope or Unexpected Results Listening Groups with Youth – Focus bunches directed by controlling board of trustees individuals (Konopka Institute, University of Minnesota) Minnesota Summit on Youth Development and Graduation (Dec., 2007) – grant through America's Promise Alliance (national association established by Colin and Alma Powell) Ten Community Mini-Summits concentrated on positive youth advancement and graduation (fall, 2008) Dropout Prevention Graduation Summit (November, 2009) Sharing the Vision for High School Completion Metro Graduation Summit: Strategies for Engaging Youth in School and Learning Statewide Graduation Summit: Policy and Action

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Sustainability Districts keep on implementing approaches/programming that required start up cash (to fabricate proficient improvement, limit and framework) as opposed to managed subsidizing Ongoing and new exercises – Graduation Summit, Indian Education Workshop, Alternatives to Suspension, After-School Programming Initiative (Supporting Youth Success) Web Site – Journey to School Completion Video, Programming Guide, Voices PowerPoint, Archived Newsletters, Links, Fact Sheets, Ten Effective Strategies, Process Checklists, Graduation Triangles, Participant List, and that's just the beginning… "notwithstanding necessities and endeavors to imbue manageability into the framework after the life of the concede, there is no chance to get around the way that numerous methodologies that are research-based cost huge dollars, and without the allow assets, [several of] the procedures and mediations can't be maintained" (External Evaluation, 2009)

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Steering Committee Report - Sustainability Legislate raising the lawful time of necessary school participation and increment bolsters for understudies who are separating from school. Recognize, underline and advance research based projects that can be maintained with least cost. Purposefully teach, assemble systems and work cooperatively with nearby and state offices, group associations, instructive elements and organizations for financing to bolster dropout counteractive action programming. Keep up a statewide concentrate on best practices in dropout aversion through creation and support of an overseeing substance. Publiciz