ELL Solutions Forum
Two BPC contributors (Brownsville ISD and Montwood High School/Socorro ISD) were among the presenters at English Language Learners and Designing Effective Bilingual Programs, a professional development opportunity hosted by state Senator Florence Shapiro, Chair, Senate Education Committee, and Senator Leticia Van de Putte. The event was held at the Region 20 Education Service Center. The BPC is in the process of collecting best practices from the other presenters (Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, Plano ISD, and KIPP SHINE Prep). A video of the ELL Solutions Forum and materials provided by the presenters can be accessed at http://portal.esc20.net/portal/page/portal/esc20public/bilesl. These resources will be available directly from the BPC website soon.
Dropout Prevention and Recovery Webinar Series
Webinars featuring Socorro ISD and Cypress-Fairbanks ISD have been archived on the BPC website. Strategies used in these districts to serve students at risk of dropping out align with research-based best practices identified in both state and national studies (see, for example, Dynarski, Clarke, Cobb, Finn, Rumberger, & Smink, 2008; TEA, 2008), and completion rates for both districts have been consistently above state and peer district averages.
Socorro ISD strategies include the following: a longstanding Communities in Schools program; early warning systems for identification and monitoring of at-risk students; alternative and flexible academic options; and school-community collaborations to address student barriers to attending school. View Socorro ISD’s best practice summary, Supporting High School Completion for At-Risk Students.
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD strategies include the following: a ninth-grade study skills course; algebra and geometry laboratories; programming to provide mentors and caring adults to serve as student advocates; and a comprehensive dropout recovery program. View Cypress-Fairbanks ISD’s best practice summary, Middle/Early High School Interventions for At-Risk Students.
Please visit http://www.teabpc.org/Webinars.aspx to view the archived webinars.
Texas recognized as national leader in tackling dropout problem
Twenty-one states report graduation data using the National Governors Association (NGA) graduation rate definition, which is a four-year, on-time graduation rate based on actual student data as opposed to estimates. Sixteen states that use the NGA definition publicly reported their graduation rate data for 2008. Based on this data, a recent TEA brief drawn from NGA reports shows that Texas ranked fourth behind Iowa, Vermont, and Virginia. For more information on this and other national reports highlighting Texas’ progress in addressing dropout prevention, visit What Others Are Saying About Texas. For additional information, visit Dropout Information: How Texas Identifies, Prevents and Recovers Dropouts.
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