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Student Transience in North Carolina: The Effect of School Mobility on Student Outcomes Using Longitudinal Data
Sunday February 20 2011, 10:22 PM
*Zeyu Xu, Jane Hannaway, Stephanie D’Souza ; CALDER and The Urban Institute [“Strategic” school moves (cross-district) benefitted or had no effect on student performance, but “reactive” moves (within district) hurt all groups of students. ]
K-12 Education: Many Challenges Arise in Educating Students Who Change Schools Frequently
Monday December 20 2010, 9:20 PM
GAO-11-40 November 18, 2010 - The recent economic downturn, with foreclosures and homelessness, may be increasing student mobility.
Student-tracking system launches
Sunday August 05 2007, 5:38 PM
Tulsa World reports "It will also provide a more accurate assessment of dropout and graduation rates and student mobility, said State Superintendent Sandy Garrett. 'Mobility is a huge issue in today's world,' she said 'People move quite frequently.' For some children, that can mean transferring to two, three or even four different schools during the school year, she said. 'With this system, records can be instantly transferred to new schools,' Garrett said."
No Child Left Behind thwarts refugees
Wednesday August 01 2007, 9:06 AM
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle guest essayist Henry Padrón opines, "These students have spent most of their lives running and in refugee camps where they may have received some but little formal schooling. Many of these children are suffering from post-traumatic shock disorder and a host of health issues — not to mention their academic needs based on NCLB expectations. This is a fatal shortcoming of NCLB that needs further attention. So, when analyzing the performance data as per NCLB, we need to take all of these factors into consideration."
School district aims to improve summer for homeless kids
Monday June 11 2007, 6:55 AM
Kingston Freeman reports, "The Kingston school district is preparing its annual summer recreation services for homeless children in hopes of offering a stable activity amid the chaos of changing beds and homes.
Foster Care Children Need Better Educational Opportunities
Tuesday June 05 2007, 3:33 PM
Dan Lips, Education Analyst in the Domestic Policy Studies Department at The Heritage Foundation writes, "Federal, state, and local policymakers should amend existing programs to improve education options for foster children. As policymakers design these reforms, they should consider four important principles. *New education options for foster children should be structured to address potential legal and constitutional questions. *Opportunity scholarship programs should be structured to ensure that they do not create adverse incentives for placement and adoption. *Scholarship programs should be designed to address non-tuition costs and considerations arising from school choice. *Policymakers should consult with people and organizations in the foster care community when designing their initiatives to ensure that policies best meet foster children's needs."
Baltimore school officials at risk of firing
Saturday May 19 2007, 8:52 AM
Baltimore Sun reports, "At a recent school board meeting, Gittings [president of the administrative union of Baltimore City public schools] said principals have trouble updating records because of high student turnover in city schools. He said that other systems do not have the same issues and that it can take up to a day to update just one student file."
Matching Foster Care and School Records: How Children's Foster Care Experiences Affect Their Education
Saturday May 12 2007, 9:30 PM
Vera Institute of Justice researchers Dylan Conger and Alison Rebeck find, "In comparison to children in the general student population, foster children have very low attendance rates. Yet, many foster children’s attendance rates improved from before to after entry into care. Younger children, those who remain in care for at least the entire semester after placement, children with stable placements, children in foster boarding homes or kinship homes, and those who entered care on charges of abuse or neglect show greater gains than other children. This finding indicates that these foster care experiences may improve an important aspect of school stability. Other foster care experiences contributed to declines or smaller gains in attendance. Children with short stays in foster care do not progress as well as children who stay longer, suggesting room for improvement during discharge planning conferences. These discussions could place greater importance on the consequences of educational disruptions and ensure that aftercare services are sufficient to help families provide for their children’s educational needs."
Charter school for at-risk youth announces layoffs
Saturday April 28 2007, 5:39 PM
Austin American-Stateman reports, "Schell [director of development for the school] said several factors, including having a high percentage of economically disadvantaged and homeless students, make it difficult to accurately predict attendance."
School Push-Outs: An Urban Case Study
Wednesday April 25 2007, 11:46 AM
Elysa Hyman writes, "While the specter of the No Child Left Behind Act continues to loom over our nations’ schools, grassroots organizations, parent groups, attorneys, educators and policymakers must monitor their local school systems and take action if schools are engaging in exclusionary practices. National coalitions must be formed to highlight the unintended effects of the Act and to advocate reform of laws and policies that punish schools for trying to educate all students or that provide incentives for schools to push them out of the building."
Educating Children in Foster Care: The McKinney-Vento and No Child Left Behind Acts
Wednesday April 25 2007, 9:44 AM
Casey Family Programs write, "The recommendations, included as part of a comprehensive report released at a congressional briefing, deal with the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. The recommendations are: Improve school stability by ensuring that the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act applies to all children in out-of-home care, and increase funding for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to a level that covers all eligible children. Ensure that children and youth in foster care have access to education-related support services by making them automatically eligible for Title I, Part A services and including them in the set-aside that exists for homeless children. Increase funding for school counselors and mental health services."
Illinois uses test loophole
Wednesday March 28 2007, 8:51 AM
Chicago Tribune reports, "Under the reform, schools are judged only on the scores of students enrolled for a 'full academic year.' Each state is allowed to determine what constitutes a full year. Until last year, Illinois schools were responsible only for students enrolled by Oct. 1 of that school year. Now, students must be enrolled by May 1 of the previous school year for their score to count under the federal law. The relaxation of the rules helped 53 schools, including 28 in Chicago, escape the federal failing schools list. Schools that land on the roster face a series of escalating sanctions, including allowing students to transfer to better campuses and offering free tutoring to those who remain. The enrollment exemption is designed to avoid penalizing schools that have many students transferring in after the school year has begun -- often, children from homeless, migrant and low-income families."
Where have the students gone?
Saturday March 10 2007, 10:04 AM
The State Journal-Register (Illinois) reports, "The dwindling high school population isn't just a problem this year. From 2003 to 2006, Lanphier High School lost so many black students in one class that the federal No Child Left Behind Act didn't count the 42 remaining students as a subgroup in the recently released scores for last year's state tests. The NCLB measures the academic performance of subgroups, such as minorities, students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals and students who receive special-education services. But to be measured, a subgroup must take in at least 45 students. The disappearance of Lanphier's subgroup of black students led Springfield School Board member Judy Johnson to ask, 'Where are all the black students at Lanphier?' during a school board discussion Tuesday night."
A CORE CURRICULUM
Friday December 29 2006, 9:09 AM
The Oregonian writes, "Portland Public Schools administrators are in the process of pushing through a core curriculum aimed at offering the same courses at all district secondary schools. Among the primary rationales for this experiment are concerns about student mobility and the belief that common course sequences, common textbooks and common assessment procedures will assure a comparable education wherever PPS students attend school."
Friday December 29 2006, 8:59 AM
The Herald Journal (Utah) reports, "Imagine you’re 13 years old and walking into a new school for the first time in the middle of the year. You’ve just left your friends, your school and your comfort zone. You’re scared. If you’re walking into Mount Logan Middle School, word is the fear won’t last long. That’s because the first person you’ll see and talk with is Brenda Barkle, the school’s registrar."
Arkansas districts want to reduce number of school switches
Saturday December 23 2006, 8:59 AM
The Morning News reports, "Officials in Rogers and Bentonville school districts want to reduce the number of times students switch schools as they go from elementary school to high school."
New Florida task force will tackle rise in high-school-dropout rate
Saturday December 16 2006, 9:16 AM
Orlando Sentinel reports, "Chairing the panel will be the Rev. Ken Scrubbs of First Baptist Church in Leesburg, who has extensive experience working with low-income and troubled youths. 'I think our schools are going to have to be more inviting across the board to all students, so they can be reached at all levels,' Winn said. 'We know that failure in school leads to dropping out.' The task force will meet in North, Central and South Florida during the next three months and then report to the state Legislature. Lawmakers already have moved to make high school more interesting and challenging to teens; they approved a requirement that students choose a major field of study, much as college students do."
Additional data helps student tracking system
Monday December 11 2006, 8:58 AM
Gloucester County Times (New Jersey) reports, "The purpose of the information, [Education Commissioner] Davy stated in the letter, is to create a unique student identification number that will be used for tracking progress of students. H. Mark Stanwood, Gloucester County superintendent of schools, said the tracking of students will benefit all districts, particularly ones with high student mobility. 'The primary benefit is so we can track student performance even as they change school districts,' Stanwood said. 'Right now we don't have an effective or efficient way to do that.'" 'Some parents feel uneasy giving all that information to the school district,' Borelli said."
Bucking Tide of School Reform, a Leader Gets Results
Monday December 04 2006, 3:32 AM
NY Times reports, "'These are the children that are traumatized, that are hungry, that are fatigued, that are stressed,' she [Kathleen M. Cashin] told the audience. 'We decided the goal was not to try to take the fewest numbers, but to have T-shirts for them, and book bags and intervention services, to welcome them, be nurturing to them, because these are the children who have been most hurt.'”
School Children Return to New Orleans, Alone
Tuesday November 07 2006, 11:41 AM
NPR reports, "Hundreds of children have returned to New Orleans to finish high school, without their parents. It's a chance to graduate with the classmates they've known for years. But school officials say the lack of parental supervision is causing discipline problems."
Boost for migrant education
Tuesday November 07 2006, 8:32 AM
Monterey Herald reports, "There are both home-based and school-based programs. The home program is structured to have teachers and aides work in the family's home. The school program has parents and children attending class together at one of 12 school districts in the county."
Parental apathy – or just poverty?
Tuesday October 31 2006, 12:58 PM
The News-Sentinel columnist Kevin Leininger writes, "The statistics seem to support the connection between poverty and academic achievement, or the lack of it. Of the 11 schools on probation, almost all are at or near the top when ranked by the percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced-price meals. (See chart.) And when there are exceptions to that ranking, other demographic factors may be at work, Coutts said. At South Wayne Elementary, nearly half of students moved at least once last year, playing havoc with academic continuity. The mobility rate at Lakeside Middle School was 33 percent. And about 8 percent of the students at Maplewood Elementary list a language other than English as their primary tongue – an impediment to doing well on state-mandated English-language tests."
Tips for dealing with No Child Left Behind
Tuesday October 24 2006, 10:52 AM
Macon Telegraph prints Washington Post story, "A recent study by the public interest law network Appleseed, based in Washington, found many flaws in how schools deal with parents under the No Child Left Behind law. The report, 'It Takes a Parent,' reached five conclusions." Most of the conclusions were related to communication with parents. READ REPORT ON EDUCATION NEW YORK ONLINE, EDUCATION POLICY PAGE, NCLB FOLDER.
Louisiana public schools show improvement
Monday October 23 2006, 2:13 PM
KATC reports, "But dozens of schools in hurricane-damaged areas -- including many of the state's lowest performing schools in Orleans Parish -- weren't included in the results because they were shut down for days and months, in some cases. The results were based on individual student scores on high-stakes tests, attendance rates and dropout rates."
Students need support if expected to succeed
Friday October 20 2006, 7:51 AM
Ithaca Journal contributors Steve Cariddi (Family Advocacy Project) & Kandea Mosley (Village at Ithaca's Youth Services Committee) write, "Ensuring that public education is an engine of social mobility for all Americans — regardless of race or class — requires a concerted effort from every person who has direct or indirect contact with a struggling student, including parents, teachers, administrators, and community members. The obstacles facing children today — poverty, discrimination, racism, inappropriate role models, hopelessness — are not of their doing, and it is unreasonable to expect a 7-year-old child (or even a 17-year-old student) to overcome them without additional support."
New Jersey county districts could diversify schools
Thursday October 05 2006, 10:37 AM
Star-Ledger reports, "Corzine [New Jersey governor] said he is not supporting local government or school district consolidation as a way to confront segregation in New Jersey schools, but he sees it as a side benefit of consolidation in the interest of property tax relief."
More families relocating during school year
Monday October 02 2006, 1:34 PM
The Star Press reports, "Mount Pleasant Township Community Schools Supt. Mary Ann Irwin notices more students from other countries who move to Delaware County after living in another state. Indiana's student tracking number makes it easier to transition students into a new school, Irwin said. Teachers can easily access academic information for students who move within the state."
September 28, 2006 Press Release - Closure of Taylor Business Institute
Friday September 29 2006, 12:01 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPTEMBER 28, 2006: “We identified several areas of consistent non-compliance at Taylor. These areas include inadequate rigor, level and content of coursework that could impact a student’s ability to transfer credits to other degree-granting institutions; inadequate investments in critical educational services, such as faculty, library resources, equipment and support services; rapid turnover of staff and faculty; understaffed student support services; and hiring of staff and faculty who lack requisite skills and experience. In short, the students at Taylor are not receiving the college-level education that they are paying for,” said Johanna Duncan-Poitier, Deputy Commissioner for Higher Education and the Professions. "The State Education Department will directly contact all Taylor students to inform them about the school’s closure and detail all options for continuing their education at other institutions. The Department has arranged a College Transfer Fair for the Taylor students on October 18th from 2-7 p.m. at the CUNY Graduate Center. Representatives of other educational institutions will be there to discuss transfer opportunities. Information and guidance about State and Federal student financial aid will also be provided. “We want the transition to go smoothly so that students will choose to continue their education and graduate,” said Duncan-Poitier. "The Department has also created a page on its Web site for Taylor students."
College overhaul called ‘overdue'
Wednesday September 27 2006, 7:07 AM
USA TODAY Mary Beth Marklein reports, "Proponents of a database that tracks students, including the State Higher Education Executive Officers, say federal data on graduation rates gives an inaccurate picture because it doesn't account for transfers to other schools. And though many schools keep their own records, they don't necessarily make the data public. About 35 states have systems in place, but they operate as 'islands unto themselves,' Spellings said. Spellings said her plan would make information available to parents, policymakers and others in an easy-to-understand format. Data could include students' majors, costs after student aid and how quickly they graduate. To protect privacy, the commission recommended that the database use anonymous identification numbers, not Social Security numbers."
NCLB's flaws cast Binghamton High in bad light
Tuesday September 26 2006, 6:33 AM
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin contributors Donald Loewen, assistant professor of Russian and Dale Tomich, professor of sociology at Binghamton University write, "Students who move out of the area are still considered Binghamton's responsibility if they don't officially register at another school. And students who move into Binghamton are considered the school's responsibility immediately, even if they show up a week before a mandatory test and the school has no chance to prepare them."
Providing Highly Mobile Students with an Effective Education
Saturday September 23 2006, 10:48 PM
"Various military branches have devised strategies to address these [highly mobile children] challenges and to promote academic and social success, which in some case may be useful for other subpopulations. They include: the establishment of family and educational support networks during deployments; the encouragement of parental involvement associated with high academic achievement; the use of school counselors to meet the needs of military adolescents and to advocate and implement strategies for smoother school transitions; and a "corporate culture" that supports families and encourages strong school-family-military partnerships." Walls, Charles A. ERIC Identifier: ED482918 Publication Date: 2003-11-00. ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education.
Oregon reapplies to pilot way of assessing students
Wednesday September 20 2006, 10:53 PM
AP reports, "Oregon has some key selling points in pitching itself as a candidate for the pilot program, including the development of a statewide database that allows for the tracking of a student's academic progress, even if they switch school districts."
Educators say they like new way of reporting test results
Monday September 11 2006, 6:59 AM
The Daily Star reports, "One of the features in the system is a unique 10-digit number being assigned to every child in pre-K through grade 12, according to the release. Previously, test results did not always accurately account for students who might have moved from a district, Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Superintendent Douglas Exley said. But under the new system, the identification numbers will move with the students. This feature is expected to produce better."
Schools keep an eye out for children of the flood
Wednesday September 06 2006, 6:19 AM
Post-Standard reports, "The trauma of this summer's flooding is staying with some children, who have seen their possessions destroyed and have spent their summers bouncing between relatives."
Funding formula for Arkansas school transportation to be developed
Friday September 01 2006, 10:59 AM
Arkansas News Bureau reports on transportation and the influx of military family students, "In a letter to the committee, Brig. Gen. Kip Self, commander of the 314th Airlift Wing at the base, said he expects as many as 500 more military personnel to move onto the base in the next few years because of base closings around the country. The school will not be able to hold an influx of new students, he said."
Hurricane Help for Schools: Providing Assistance for Schools Serving Students Displaced by Hurricane Katrina
Friday August 25 2006, 2:13 PM
US Department of Education website: Many schools are accepting students who cannot attend their own schools because of Hurricane Katrina. If your school is serving students displaced by the hurricane and if you need books, clothes, or other supplies, please state what you need.
Foster parents getting organized
Monday August 14 2006, 10:14 AM
USA Today reports on the needs of foster children, "The department [Washington state Social and Health Services] is trying to recruit more parents in places with a lot of foster children so a child, if moved, can stay in the same school, Spears says. 'We're moving toward more involvement from children's families, whether foster parents or relatives,' she says."
It Takes More Than Schools to Close Achievement Gap
Wednesday August 09 2006, 8:58 AM
NY Times DIANA JEAN SCHEMO reports on the social ills impacting learning.
Texas teachers union calls for TAKS overhaul
Tuesday August 08 2006, 10:24 PM
Star Telegram reports, "The union is pushing for the state legislature to institute school evaluation methods that account for poverty, high mobility and other factors that affect the learning environment in low-performing schools. It also seeks legislative support for giving individual teachers more control over how students prepare for tests."
Many Louisiana children pass LEAP, thanks to exemptions
Tuesday August 08 2006, 9:43 PM
The Times reports, "'This year has been different than any other we've faced in Louisiana because of the hurricanes that devastated many districts and drastically increased the student population of so many others,' said state Superintendent of Education Cecil Picard. 'Many of our schools lost weeks, even months of schooling.'"
Florida judges, special education advocates team up for foster children
Monday August 07 2006, 9:51 PM
Daily Record reports, "Cole [Judge] said foster children often switch caregivers and homes frequently. Those changes can pose both emotional and academic problems, Cole said – and cause learning disabilities to go unnoticed and untreated. 'If their residence changes multiple times in a calendar year, you don’t want these children to switch schools multiple times,' said Cole. 'Teachers tell me a mid-year school move is tantamount to losing three months of academic progress.'"
More Students in New York Will Take Regular English Test
Saturday August 05 2006, 12:58 AM
NY Times DAVID M. HERSZENHORN reports, "Ordered by the federal government to improve its testing of students who speak limited English, New York State said yesterday that all children enrolled in school in the United States for at least a year would be required to take the state’s regular English Language Arts exam. The test is given annually in the third through eighth grades.
The Determinants of Student Achievement in Ohio’s Public Schools
Friday August 04 2006, 1:08 AM
By Matthew Carr, Education Policy Director, Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions. Carr writes, "To capture the changing dynamics of both different academic subjects and students at different ages, this analysis evaluates student performance in five subjects (math, reading, writing, science and citizenship) across grades 3 to 12. This combination gives us 21 separate analyses, or mathematical models. Controls were also included for geography, student socio-economic status, race, and learning disability. This study breaks new ground by also analyzing the factors that influence student performance in charter schools."
Ohio study disputes traditional keys to success in school: Qualified teachers, attendance rated as most important
Friday August 04 2006, 12:41 AM
The Columbus Dispatch reports on study results, "Other things that make a difference: attendance, how often students switch schools and whether students are poor. Spotty attendance, high mobility and poverty have a negative impact on scores, the study shows."
Texas Pre-K is open to more students
Tuesday August 01 2006, 9:41 AM
Star-Telegram reports, "Children in military families are being accepted for the first time this year, after a change in state law. The Texas Education Agency estimates that 5,395 3- and 4-year-old military children live in the state and that about half of them already qualified for pre-kindergarten because of income or language limitations. School officials say it's too soon to tell how many more active-duty families will take advantage of the pre-kindergarten programs, but some parents have already shown interest."
Busing homeless students costs states
Monday July 31 2006, 11:19 AM
The News Journal reports, "Offering such stability is important for homeless children, who are experiencing instability in so many other areas of their lives. About 28 percent of homeless children attend three or more schools in one year, according to the National Center on Family Homelessness."
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)
Friday July 28 2006, 7:24 AM
The End of "Ozzie and Harriet" School Funding
Tuesday July 25 2006, 9:42 PM
Chris Braunlich, former Fairfax County School Boardmember and vice president of the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy makes the case for student weighted funding, "The idea is simple: Determine a dollar value for each student. Make it higher for students requiring more help. Drive those dollars down to the school level, empowering school-based leadership to decide how best to spend the funds educating the students."
Texas schools help migrant students adjust
Tuesday July 25 2006, 10:07 AM
The TELEGRAPH reports, "'Our goal is to put children in the schools and keep them there,' Warren said. 'We make the families aware of school requirements, attendance policies, bus routes and the graduation requirements if the children are high school-aged.'"
Schools prep for displaced students; Law gives pupils right to stay in home districts
Wednesday July 19 2006, 9:10 AM
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reports, "But while the law is clear-cut, the situations faced by students, their families and the districts that serve them aren't. Many school districts that have been hard-hit by flooding are still trying to determine how many students were affected by the flood and what their legal obligations to them are."
Graduation rates raise concern
Wednesday July 05 2006, 10:35 AM
Daily Local News reports, "A recent report on graduation rates has sparked concern not only about the percentage of freshman who fail to graduate, but also how states and agencies report such rates."
Ex-New Orleans mayor says city still in crisis
Sunday July 02 2006, 8:04 PM
Northeastern Clinton Central School Board to discuss student transfers
Thursday June 29 2006, 8:23 AM
Katrina evacuee overcame loss, displacement
Tuesday June 20 2006, 9:41 AM
Katrina evacuee test scores won't affect school progress ratings
Saturday June 17 2006, 5:12 PM
Moving Forward -- Helping New York’s high mobility students to succeed
Wednesday June 14 2006, 10:51 AM
by Sheila Kaplan with Clorinda Valenti. Raising the level of educational achievement among low-income and minority students has been the focus of numerous public and private initiatives and public policy programs over the years. Myriad factors — social, physical, educational, and familial — have been identified to account for persistent low achievement among particular populations. However, an important variable, student mobility, remains understudied and unaddressed in New York state.
Katrina Students Struggle with Texas School Tests
Monday May 22 2006, 11:38 AM
School on Wheels reaches homeless kids
Saturday May 06 2006, 11:00 PM
Hurricane Evacuees Struggle on Tests
Thursday April 27 2006, 8:08 AM
Look Before You Leave (NY Times registration)
Sunday April 23 2006, 7:09 AM
College, My Way (NY Times registration)
Sunday April 23 2006, 6:49 AM
The incidence and impacts of student transiency in upstate New York’s rural school districts
Thursday February 16 2006, 1:58 PM
Schafft, K. A. (2005, December 22). The incidence and impacts of student transiency in upstate New York’s rural school districts. Journal of Research in Rural Education, 20(15). Chronic student mobility, and in particular the mobility of students from low-income backgrounds, poses a serious yet underdocumented problem for rural schools. This article combines analyses of state-level school district data with survey and interview data to examine the patterns of low-income student mobility in upstate New York, and to assess the impacts on, and responses by, schools and other community institutions.
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