Latest Dropout Prevention News
November, 30, 2010 - Texas leads in reducing "dropout factories"
A report released by America’s Promise Alliance provides some of the first positive signs that Texas is making progress in reducing the number of students who drop out of high school.
- Texas led the nation in the reduction of the number of dropout factory high schools with 77 high schools.
- Texas saw a decline in the number of dropout factories across all locales – cities, suburbs, towns and rural areas – indicating that improvement is possible in any type of community.
- Texas led in the decline of dropout factory high schools in urban areas.
July 16, 2010 - Eighty Percent of Class of 2009 graduate on time
Texas’comprehensive efforts to increase graduation rates and decrease dropout rates resulted in an 80.6 percent four-year, on-time graduation rate for the Class of 2009, Commissioner of Education Robert Scott said today.
July 14, 2010 - National dropout report to laud Texas’ prevention efforts
A new national dropout report to be issued later this summer will laud Texas’ far-reaching strategies for reducing the number of high school dropouts.
June 10, 2010 - Early College High School graduates earn associate of arts degrees and $5.6 million in college scholarships
A select group of Texas seniors enrolled in Early College High Schools graduated in 2010 with not only a high school diploma but also an associate of arts (AA) degree.
May 28, 2010 - The Texas Education Agency receives a $50,000 grant for dropout prevention efforts
TEA has received a one-year, $50,000 AmeriCorps Planning Grant from the Corporation for National Community Service, through the OneStar Foundation, to expand effective dropout prevention strategies that encourage students to graduate from high school and become college and career ready.
May 22, 2010 - Corpus Christi Caller-Times: 85 receive diplomas in school's first class
"Ceremony for Collegiate High"
May 18, 2010 - Dallas Morning News: Garland Non-Traditional High School gives at-risk students support they need to graduate
"The Garland program's success in increasing graduation rates led to recent recognition from the Texas Education Agency."
May 13, 2010 - PSJA's receives $2 million grant to expand college-readiness efforts to all students
The Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District, which in recent years has made great strides in boosting its graduation and dropout recovery efforts, today was awarded a $2 million two-year grant by the Texas Education Agency to support a new model for a district-wide college readiness initiative called All Students: College Ready, College Connected.
May 6, 2010 - Special to the San Antonio Express News: Texas lead the way with early college program by Commissioner Robert Scott
"Early College High Schools are products of the Texas High School Project. Considered one of the most innovative high school programs in the country, THSP was launched in 2003 by Gov. Rick Perry in collaboration with the Texas Legislature and private foundations."
Featured Dropout Prevention Success Stories
The following success stories provide real world examples of how Texas is implementing proven dropout prevention strategies.
21st Century Community Learning Centers
21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) serves as a supplementary program to enhance local reform efforts. The program assists students in meeting academic standards in core subjects (math, reading, science, social studies) by providing out-of-school time services to students and their families.
As a result of a grant from 21st CCLC, Bastrop ISD was able to establish Afterschool Centers on Education (ACE) and contract with Sylvan Learning Centers to provide free SAT preparation courses to high school students. Initial pre-testing of the enrolled students showed that none of them would have qualified for college entrance. After post-testing showed significant increases, often by 100 or 200 points, many of the students received successful SAT scores that have led to college entrance and scholarships.
Student Samuel Truegas increased his pre-test math and reading scores each by 90 points on his actual SAT score. Samuel will now attend Texas State in the fall. "Without the class I wouldn't have been able to improve my scores enough to get into the college I wanted," Samuel said.
Another student, Ashley Coy, also significantly increased her pre-test scores enough to help her earn an Academic and Athletic Scholarship to Texas A&M Kingsville. Ashley believes the preparation course will also benefit her in the long term. "It's not only helped me with the SAT test but it also helped me to have good test taking skills and study habits," Ashley said.
Texas Dropout Recovery Pilot Program
Dropout Recovery Pilot Programs provide educational and social services to help students who have dropped out of school earn a high school diploma or complete an alternative pathway to college. This pay-for-performance model provides maximum flexibility for student participation.
Garland ISD’s Non-Traditional High School has given this district the ability to successfully recover former dropouts. Listen to the students and educators themselves. (Scroll through the Video Menu to "Non-Traditional HS" and click on the icon.)
Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (T-STEM) Academies
T-STEM Academies offer at-risk students innovative science and mathematics instruction by using technology and engineering to solve real world problems.
Manor New Technology High School’s (MNTHS) first graduating class of 2010 had 100 percent of it seniors graduating with zero dropouts and 100% of the students advancing to post secondary opportunities such as college and military. Out of the 39 graduating seniors, 32 students, or 82 percent, have been accepted to four year colleges and universities. A total of 25 out of the 39 seniors, or 64 percent, are the first generation in their family to attend college. MNTHS has been praised by the United States Secretary of Education as a model program. It has also been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School. Manor Tech High School is part of the Texas High School Project.
Lasara T-STEM Academy is the first school of it's kind in Lasara ISD and is making a difference in the lives of local students. You can view a video on the Texas High School Project Video page by selecting Lasara High School.
Early College High School
Early College High Schools are innovative high schools located on or in close proximity to a college campus that allow students historically underrepresented in the college-going population an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and 60 college credit hours. Early College High Schools provide dual credit at no cost to students, create a seamless transition from high school to college, offer rigorous instruction and accelerated courses, and provide academic and social support services to help students succeed.
A select group of Texas seniors enrolled in Early College High Schools graduated in 2010 with not only a high school diploma but also an associate of arts (AA) degree. Eleven of the state’s 41 early college programs graduated seniors this year with the students earning scholarships totaling more than $5.6 million. Six of these schools also offer an associate of arts degree and 308 of the graduating seniors enrolled in these six programs earned an AA degree in addition to a high school diploma.
Mission Early College in Socorro ISD provides high school students with opportunities to receive an associate’s degree from El Paso Community College as well as take senior level classes at The University of Texas at El Paso in a personalized and supportive environment. You can view a video on the Texas High School Project Video page by selecting Mission Early College from the video list.
Communities In Schools (CIS)
CIS partners with schools to coordinate community resources to help at-risk students succeed, stay in school, and prepare for life. CIS assists students by providing supportive guidance, counseling, tutoring, academic enrichment, college preparation, pre-employment training, access to basic social services, mentoring and adult advocates, and parental involvement.
CIS Houston helped Sharpstown High School student and Katrina evacuee Talitha Halley not only make a difficult adjustment but also provided her with the opportunity of a lifetime.
CIS of South Central Texas - Project Success is helping at-risk students plan and prepare for college and a career.
Students in the CIS Dallas Region explain how CIS services have helped them to focus on academic success through a personalized learning environment, mentoring, and planning for the future.
Dedicated mentors have proven to be a key to success for at-risk students served by CIS of North Texas.
Several Texas Success Stories are also featured in TEA's Best Practices Clearinghouse.
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