Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Study: Counseling at Critical Stage May Cut Dropout Rate

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Study: Counseling at Critical Stage May Cut Dropout Rate

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One strategy to reduce high school dropout rates among African-American and Latino teenagers is to better align counselors and high-quality teachers with the most vulnerable students as they move from elementary to their high school freshman year, a Johns Hopkins University senior researcher told attendees last month during the Education Braintrust session at the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Annual Legislative Conference.

Dr. Robert Balfanz, associate research scientist at the Center for Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University, said that analysis of the 2,000 high schools which account for roughly half of the nation's dropouts showed that four out of five ninth-graders at those schools have either repeated grades making them older than traditional ninth-graders, or are doing academic work far below their grade levels. Those same 2,000 schools, accounting for roughly 12 percent of the nation's secondary schools, are where African-American and Latino students are heavily concentrated, according to research by Balfanz and other scholars with whom he has collaborated.

"Four-fifths of the ninth-grade students at the 2,000 high schools need extra help. …

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