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Fixing the Freshman Factor

Pr. George's Schools Focus on 9th Grade, Which 1 in 4 Kids Flunked Last Year

By Nelson Hernandez
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 4, 2008; Page B01

The ninth-grader slouched in the chair one fall day, avoiding the principal's glare. He had the body of a boy, but he was deciding right there what kind of man he would be.

At the start of the school year, this child's education was flying off the rails. Mark E. Fossett, principal of Suitland High School in Prince George's County, called up the boy's attendance record on a computer and rattled off a lengthy list of days missed and classes cut. Unless something changed, he would fail ninth grade.

Chris's picture

What percentage of your students' parents do you see at fall parent teacher conferences?

* 0-25%
* 26-50%
* 51-75%
* 76-99%
* 100%

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Region 7 Meeting

There will be a region 7 meeting on Wednesday, November 12 at the LaCantina restaurant in Paw Paw. A social will begin @ 5:00 with dinner @ 6:00. Jim Ballard will be at the meeting to answer any questions we may have. Please RSVP to me as soon as possible: Hope to see you there.

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Fifth Year Graduation Rate Option Included in New NCLB Regulations

Apparently, the U.S. Department of Education heard from enough states, including Michigan, about the need for states to be given credit for 5th year graduating students. SEE RELATED STORY.

In the recently released NCLB guidelines, this provision is included:

Graduation Rates Within NCLB

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U.S. Dept. of Ed Releases Uniform Graduation Rate Calculation Regulations

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings issued the long-awaited final regulations on Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act, which include a requirement that states use a uniform calculation for determining every high school’s graduation rate.

Michigan is ahead of the federal requirement. Michigan began to use this formula this year for reporting the graduation cohort and dropout rate through the Center for Educational Performance and Information(CEPI).