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Are D grades a dropout warning sign? It depends.

  • Rob Noroian
  • August 21, 2017

It’s common sense, really: Students who habitually eke out passing grades in middle school and the early years of high school are more likely to fail to receive credit in a class down the road. And in periods in which the incidence of dropping out increases — the junior and senior cohort years — a

The One Vital Indicator of a Dropout that Almost No One Tracks

  • Rob Noroian
  • August 14, 2017

Research demonstrates that socioeconomic factors, the strength of parental relationships, non-cognitive skills development, and the presence of adult responsibilities in a student’s life can all be predictive of a student’s chances of dropping out. In our work with school leaders across the nation, though, we’ve heard again and again that these metrics can be hard

These five early warning signs can help prevent students from dropping out

  • Rob Noroian
  • August 7, 2017

Sometimes, the students who leave school before graduation are predictable. They’re the single mothers with no family support. They’re the young men who have been in trouble with the law. In at least one way, the stark challenges of their lives actually make our jobs as educators easier — it’s not hard to know that

What’s the right way to find lost dropouts? Knowing there’s no one right way.

  • Rob Noroian
  • June 26, 2017

We have yet to meet a school leader who wouldn’t like his or her district to be better connected to former students. We have also never met someone who tried to do so without experiencing quite a bit of frustration. Even in today’s vastly interconnected world, it’s remarkably easy to lose contact with people. Folks

For More Than a Decade, Most Schools Have Been Ignoring the One Thing That Could Substantially Impact Graduation Numbers

  • Rob Noroian
  • May 1, 2017

More than a decade has passed, but “The Silent Epidemic” continues to resonate. The seminal report was one of the first research products to bring long-held concerns about the nation’s lagging high school graduation rate to mainstream America. It highlighted the troubling differences in graduation rates between our nation’s “haves” and “have-nots.” It emphasized that

Keep Students Engaged Through Graduation with a Rewards Program

  • Rob Noroian
  • April 10, 2017

When it comes to student dropouts, recovery is only the first step. Students who re-enroll are not guaranteed to stay engaged through graduation. Successful programs not only entice students with flexibility and support they also motivate students with an engaging curriculum. One way to increase engagement and retention is through a rewards program. A rewards

Students Want to Graduate, So Let’s Enable Them

  • Rob Noroian

Conventional thinking would suggest that students who drop out of high school don’t want to be in school. However, our research shows that 91 percent of students eligible for re-enrollment programs actually do have a desire to graduate. So, what is preventing them from returning on their own? While every student has a unique set

Three Recruitment Challenges Dropout Re-Engagement Programs Must Overcome

  • Rob Noroian
  • March 27, 2017

Recovering student dropouts is no easy task. Never mind the complexities of creating a dropout recovery program, the recruitment process alone is fraught with obstacles that can ground a school district initiative before it even has a chance to succeed. But with proper planning, student re-engagement programs can bring students back into a learning environment

The National High School Dropout Problem

  • Rob Noroian
  • February 27, 2017

In a 2014 article, Politico gleefully proclaimed that the national graduation rate could hit 90% by 2020. But is that really something to be proud of? If 1 in every 10 students is failing to graduate, we will still be allowing hundreds of thousands of Americans to fall through the cracks each year. That hardly