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School Dropouts in Quebec: Ten Years of Marking Time, Despite the Money Spent
International tests indicate the Quebec educational system compares favourably with the other Canadian provinces and with OECD countries, but the high school graduation rate is still low. What is needed is a better selection of policies and programs.
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Most international tests indicate the Quebec educational system compares favourably with the other Canadian provinces and with OECD countries, but the public high school graduation rate is still low. This problem seems to be due more to existing policies and programs than to a lack of funding.

While investing more in education will definitely improve the performance of Quebec’s public education system, it will be more important to determine where and how to invest. What is needed to vastly improve performance is first a comprehensive evaluation of current programs and policies, followed by major policy and program changes.
Quebec  dropout_prevention  dropout_rate 
may 2018 by pathways_to_education
Faible taux de diplomation malgré le financement - La Presse+
Si le Québec a un faible taux de diplomation, est-ce surtout la faute à un manque d’argent ? Pas vraiment, répondent les chercheurs Mia Homsy et Simon Savard, de l’Institut du Québec, dans leur étude intitulée « Les jeunes Québécois décrochent plus qu’ailleurs au Canada malgré les efforts de financement ». Selon eux, le Québec doit surtout revoir ses façons de faire et s’inspirer du modèle ontarien. Explications.
Quebec  dropout_prevention  dropout_rate 
may 2018 by pathways_to_education
Alerte au décrochage scolaire chez les jeunes francophones | Le Devoir
Le décrochage des élèves du secondaire dans le réseau public reste alarmant, surtout chez les francophones nés au Québec. Jusqu’à un garçon sur deux et une fille sur trois n’ont toujours pas de diplôme sept ans après le début de leurs études secondaires.
Quebec  graduation_rate  dropout_rate  dropout_prevention 
march 2018 by pathways_to_education
An analysis of the effects of practices introduced by community partners under the Accès 5 program to support academic persistence and success among students at risk of dropping out in disadvantaged areas - Histoire - Fonds Société et culture
In 2011-2012, the dropout rate at École secondaire de la Montée was 28.4%.
In 2014-2015, following the introduction of the Accès 5 program, it had dropped to 19.8%. In Grade 6, the academic performance of the 105 students enrolled in the Accès 5 program was 10% lower than that of their peers in the same school board in the three core subjects. After 24 months of the program, this gap had disappeared in French and English.
Quebec  dropout_rate  dropout_prevention  research 
march 2018 by pathways_to_education
Factors that Promote High School Graduation: a Review of the Literature - Online First - Springer
A high school education prepares young people to participate positively in the economy and in civic life, among other positive life outcomes. However, nearly one in five American high school students does not graduate from high school on time, if ever. Progress has been made on understanding why students fail to complete high school and on raising graduation rates. Previous reviews and syntheses of this literature have focused on identifying factors that put students at risk for dropping out of school. Less is understood regarding what assets can promote high school graduation. Therefore, we reviewed research from the past 25 years on high school graduation, focusing on longitudinal, US-based studies of malleable factors that predict graduation. Through this systematic search, we identified 12 assets in individual, family, school, peer, and community contexts, which predict high school graduation, as well as identified assets for which more research is needed. Implications for policy and practice and directions for future research are discussed.
april 2016 by pathways_to_education
Mind-Set Interventions Are a Scalable Treatment for Academic Underachievement
The efficacy of academic-mind-set interventions has been demonstrated by small-scale, proof-of-concept interventions,
generally delivered in person in one school at a time. Whether this approach could be a practical way to raise school
achievement on a large scale remains unknown. We therefore delivered brief growth-mind-set and sense-of-purpose
interventions through online modules to 1,594 students in 13 geographically diverse high schools. Both interventions
were intended to help students persist when they experienced academic difficulty; thus, both were predicted to be
most beneficial for poorly performing students. This was the case. Among students at risk of dropping out of high
school (one third of the sample), each intervention raised students’ semester grade point averages in core academic
courses and increased the rate at which students performed satisfactorily in core courses by 6.4 percentage points. We
discuss implications for the pipeline from theory to practice and for education reform.
educational_attainment  dropout_prevention 
january 2016 by pathways_to_education
How to Help School Reform Succeed — Medium
But too often, school reform and school improvement efforts don’t reach the young people who struggle most in schools, those who are most likely to leave school without graduating. For these young people, school reform and school improvement alone aren’t enough.
educational_attainment  mentoring  community_services  dropout_prevention 
july 2015 by pathways_to_education
The Excitement of Learning From Profit and Loss - NYTimes.com
The flip side is an opportunity. When students are given chances to take learning into their own hands, the results can be impressive. That’s been the experience of an educational program called Build, which makes it possible for low-income students, as part of their high school studies, to work in teams, conceiving, testing, and ultimately operating their own small businesses. In the process, they discover — often to their surprise — their potential to deal with unexpected problems, persist through failure, and create something that the world values.

Build works in partnership with 23 public schools in Boston, Washington, D.C. and the San Francisco Bay Area, and plans to launch a program in New York City next year. It targets students who are perceived to be at risk of dropping out of school. The program begins with a full-credit class in entrepreneurship in ninth grade — a pivotal year that predicts school persistence. The program can end there, or continue through to 12 th grade and include after-school advisory meetings with mentors. This year, Build will work with about 1,460 students. So far, schools report that three quarters of the students who complete the ninth-grade course opt to stay with Build through to high school graduation. Last year, Build reports, 84 percent of those students were admitted to a four-year college.
educational_attainment  US  dropout_prevention 
march 2015 by pathways_to_education

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