More than three million students exit America's public high schools each
year without graduating. Typically, the decision to drop out isn't based
on just one factor, but rather a culmination of several risk factors
that result in disengagement from school. To help K-12 educators gain
insight into how student data can be used to improve dropout prevention
efforts - from preschool through high school - MindShine
Technologies today announces a new white paper titled, "From
Early Warning to Professional Development: Streamlining the Process and
Expanding the Scope of Dropout Prevention."
The paper details the financial and social costs of dropping out, the
warning signs of prospective dropouts, the strengths and flaws in
early-warning systems, and a new soution called the Student Risk
Assessment System that expands and improves on what has gone before. Click
"In my work as a school principal and district superintendent, and in
MindShine Technologies' ongoing discussions with school and district
leaders, we've identified several risk factors that make one student
more likely to drop out than another. From absenteeism to home
environment, these factors are surprisingly similar, state-to-state and
district-to-district. Yet, most early-warning systems track only one or
two of these factors and fail to look at the whole child," said Bob
Darby, vice president of client services for MindShine Technologies. "An
effective early-warning system should track multiple risk factors to
help educators calculate a student's potential risk for dropping out.
Moreover, it should allow educators to monitor and evaluate the
effectiveness of the actions they implement to reduce those risk
factors, so they can make informed decisions that keep students engaged
At the ISTE
Conference next week in Atlanta, MindShine will launch their answer
to this need. It's called the Student Risk Assessment System, a
web-based data system that helps K-12 districts quickly and easily
identify students with multiple risk factors for dropping out, so they
can take action early. The system, which can be implemented with
students of any age, also allows districts to track and analyze the
impact of their actions. With this information, educators can make
informed decisions about how to help each individual reach graduation.
By proactively helping students who might otherwise struggle with their
educational experience, districts can improve student performance,
reduce disciplinary problems, increase attendance and ADA/ADM funding,
and lower dropout rates.
About MindShine TechnologiesMindShine Technologies is a
provider of software development services to K-12 school districts and
educational software companies. The company has worked with hundreds of
large and small districts across the US and Canada to create technology
solutions tailored to their unique requirements, budgets and time frames.
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