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Moore Public Schools has accepted the challenge to reduce the number of students who drop out of our schools before graduation. While our "DropOut Rate" is relatively low compared to other metro-area districts, even one student who doesn't reach his/her potential is too many to lose. Currently, our schools offer programs like Teachers as Advisors, Freshmen Transition Teams, and After-School Clubs to assist and support students in our junior highs and high schools as they move toward graduation.
Over the next few months, our schools will be developing student support programs that go beyond our existing structures to meet the needs of students most at-risk of dropping out. As recent dropout research suggests, our schools will be targeting students who struggle in three key areas:
Attendance: When students miss class, they miss learning time and can find themselve one step further away from being successful. Inconsistent attendance is also an early sign of disengagement in school. It is the most accurate indicator we have to show a student at-risk of dropping out of school.
Behavior: Student behavior that gets in the way of learning is also a strong indicator of drop-out risk. Negative behaviors can impact a student's relationship with peers and school personnel, leaving the student feeling isolated or disenfranchised. When suspension from school is necessary, it can make getting caught up even harder.
Course Credit: When students are successful in school, they earn "credits" that help them move to the next grade level and eventually to graduation. However, students who struggle in school may fail courses--often because of attendance--and may be retained in a grade. When this happens, students find themselves struggling to "catch up" to their peers. Classroom grades/credits is a key indicator to recognizing a student's risk for dropping out.