Researchers in Montgomery County, Md., have identified warning signals, such as poor grades or a high number of absences, that can flag students as early as 1st grade who are likely to drop out later.
This could be the start of a means of getting ahead of the fallouts. As schools can be able to identify the at risk students, they can begin to change how they work with them, that targets the skills they need to close their gaps (language, academic, behavioral) so that they will become a statistic of success rather than a statistic of loss.
This is one of the main reasons why I speak around the country about understanding and working with children experiencing developmental and behavioral challenges. As schools can understand and develop effective methods of intervention before the gap widens, all children will learn better.
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