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Nevada Graduation Rates Drop Dramatically
Nevada Graduation Rates Drop Dramatically

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AIR DATE: March 23, 2012

Between 2002 and 2009 Nevada's graduation rate fell from 71 percent to 56 percent. That 15 percentage point drop is the worst among all states according to a new report from the national group, America's Promise Alliance. Nevada falls far below the national graduation rate which increased by 3.5 percentage points between 2001 and 2009 from 72 percent to 75.5 percent in 2009.
 
Report authors note that Nevada has taken its position as the state with the lowest graduation rate to heart citing both Clark and Washoe counties which have significant efforts underway to accelerate graduation rates but still need to accelerate existing efforts. We talk with one of the co-authors of the report about what led to Nevada's huge drop in graduation rates.
 
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John Bridgeland, CEO of Civic Enterprises, America's Promise Alliance and co-author, Building a Grad Nation:Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic Annual Update 2012

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What if school's were accountable for knowing, and growing, student engagement-which ultimately drives everything related to school success? What is being done now is not working to identify students at risk of dropping out. We need a new paradigm-STUDENT ENGAGEMENT! The bottom line is any student who does not graduate is a travesty as earning a high school diploma is a life-changing event! We can give our at-risk students a voice by tapping into the reasons "why" a student becomes disengaged and provide interventions to support students to reengage or increase engagement to pursue an educational goal. I have been a teacher for 28 years and Ive developed the Scale of Student Engagement/Disengagement (SOS ED), which empowers students to self-identify their level of school engagement by responding to items that are scored and converted into an engagement score. In a university research study, the SOS ED was reliable and valid in identifying student engagement levels.Check out the video explaining the SOS ED and how to use it with your students. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1BbJQRyoGY www.scaleofstudentengagement.com lfrickey@scaleofstudentengagement.com
Lynn FrickeyNov 24, 2012 18:32:54 PM
I find it very disturbing that you had Dwight Jones on this program a few months back and you read to him the comment I wrote about being a parent volunteer at my son's school and witnessing inappropriateness and abuse. Dwight said that he wanted to hear from the parents. This is a lie because I have gone through all the steps including e-mailing him the report and the pictures. From the principle all the way up to Mr. Jones nothing is being done. I took pictures of the abuse and teachers dressed very inappropriately and I was tress passed off the property. This is a Title 1 school that receives federal money for family involvement programs that don't happen the way they are supposed to happen. I asked to see where the money was spent and I never got to see anything. I asked to start a PTA at the school and the principle does not want to have it. My son learned NOTHING for black history month and the principles response was she does not have to celebrate it because she wants to do it all year, which is a lie because she has done nothing. So why don't you do a story on that, why don't you bring to light the problems that CCSD has that might be causing low test scores.
Ligeia WillMar 21, 2012 21:02:20 PM
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