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At Risk (Early Warning System) Report
The At Risk Report provides a listing of courses, sections, and grades associated with students who are currently at risk of failing for the current term.

National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N)
The NDPC/C has identified 15 effective strategies that with successful implementation can help keep kids in school.

Consolidated Data Report, 2012-2013
This report includes the Annual Report on School Crime and Violence, the Annual Study of Suspensions and Expulsions, Corporal Punishment, and the Annual Report on Dropout Events and Rate.

Everyone Graduates Center
The Everyone Graduate Center seeks to identify the barriers that stand in the way of all students graduating from high school prepared for adult success, to develop strategic solutions to overcome barriers, and to build local capacity to implement and sustain them.

Grad Nation Community Guidebook
Partnerships with family, community organizations, foundations and business leaders are essential to creating strong schools that prepare all students for success in college, career, and civic life. Authored by Robert Balfanz and Joanna Hornig Fox, The Community Guidebook offers approaches and tools that all communities can do regardless of size, location and challenges.

Early Intervention Drives Graduation Success
United Way Worldwide, Civic Enterprises, and Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University have developed a guide to help community partners identify feeder patterns – and help communities begin the critical discussion on using that data to boost graduation rates. Download and share this guide (pdf, 2.2mb) with education partners and community stakeholders.

The Importance of Being in School:  A Report on Absenteeism in the Nation’s Public Schools
Attendance is the reason most frequently cited for students who dropped out of school in North Carolina. Although absenteeism at the secondary level is linked to a high dropout rate, the problem cuts across all grades. Students who miss an average of two days a month in kindergarten and 1st grade are more likely to struggle with reading and other academic subjects.  The Importance of Being in School, a 2012 study by Johns Hopkins University, reports that as many as 7.5 million of the nation’s 55 million students miss a month or more school each year.

Teaching Attendance: Everyday Strategies to Help Teachers Improve Attendance and Raise Achievement
How can teachers teach attendance? This toolkit calls for teachers to:

  1. Emphasize attendance from Day One
  2. Use parent teacher conference to talk about attendance
  3. Promote a culture of attendance all year long.

 
Putting Student Data to the Test to Identify Struggling Kids (NPR)
At Miami Carol City Senior High in Florida, a handful of teachers, administrators and coaches are gathered around a heavy wooden table in a conference room dubbed the "War Room," looking through packets of information about several students.