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High School Graduation

By Catherine Gewertz — March 03, 2009 1 min read

An examination of Massachusetts high schools that have lowered their dropout rates shows that they used key strategies that helped make a difference.

For a report issued last month, the Cambridge, Mass.-based Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy examined 11 high schools in nine districts.

A frequently cited strategy employed by high schools in the study was using data to identify students who were deemed to be at risk of dropping out and designing interventions to help them, such as credit recovery, or extra academic or social support.

Also cited by many schools as helpful were building strong connections between school and college or careers, providing strong alternatives to traditional high schools, and forging strong collaboration among faculty members and with community partners.

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A version of this article appeared in the March 04, 2009 edition of Education Week

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