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Multiple Pathways


Shannon Marsh

on 16 June 2013

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Transcript of Multiple Pathways

Multiple Pathways to Graduation
The Pressure:
NCLB and public pressure to raise graduation rates
More accurate measures of graduation rates

The Catalyst:
Segmentation analyses (mortality analyses)- can predict when and with what triggering incidents students will drop out

The Developers:
Primarily an outgrowth of small schoools and high school reform
Many of the thinkers in NYC DOE and Carnegie
First major group convened by Jobs for the Future: NYC, Philadelphia, Boston, Portland and Chicago (San Jose)
Now US Department of Labor and others expanding to smaller and less urban districts (Mobile, Las Vegas, Des Moines, Pittsburg, Denver, Jacksonville, etc)
District-Wide Portfolio
Targeted Population
Track Fusion
District creates a diverse array of schools to meet the academic, social, familial and work needs of all students.
District identifies the students at risk of failing and already out of school, then tailors some schools to meet the needs of those students.
District creates schools that fuse a rigorous college preparatory curriculum with hands-on project based career and technical work.
Similarities among models:
Use of data
School options- choice or referral
Support from outside the district- CBOs, collaboratives, nonprofits, political figures,foundations, etc

"Evolution of intent"
At least some re-enrollment and raising grad rates

Availability of good ongoing data
Range in rigor and implementation
Matching instruction to need
Inclination to "offload" unwanted kids
Quality teaching
Indicators of success
Differences among models:
District-Wide Portfolio:
Creates "continuum of care" from gifted to dropout
Requires great initial resouces and flexible district managment of schools
Targeted Population:
Focuses resources on kids most likely to drop out
Requires great confidence that all/most at risk students are being identified early
Identification of "special" students
Track Fusion:
Gives both academic and technical background to all students enrolled
Requires high degree of adult involvement and planning
Remediation/ recuperation not key strategies
Suggested Effectiveness Dashboard Indicators:

Graduation (unified measure)
Higher education admissions
Avoidance of remediation in higher education
Higher education completion
Quality of life indicators (health, housing)
Which multiple pathways model is right for my district?

District-Wide Portfolio:
Choice system in place
Strong data system on all students
Large number of high schools in place
Multiple accountability systems in place
Flexible, widespread transportation
Open, willing political and community support for large scale change

Targeted Population:
Choice system in place
Current data or capabilities to run thorough segmentation analysis
Ability to track student progress closely
Multiple accountability systems in place (possible)

Track Fusion:
Choice system in place
History of quality CTE schools
Access to quality adults willing to work with students on detailed projects
Strongly independent schools able to provide complex services independently
Stable school-level administration and teaching staffs
Relatively smaller population of students behind/out of school to start
Thank you for your time.

Questions? Comments?

3 Models of Multiple Pathways
How multiple pathways came to be
Models of multiple pathways
Similiarities among models
Differences among models
Suggested Dashboard
How to choose
Q & A
Help from the audience:
Questions not answered
Missed points
Suggestions for future expansion
Related work to consider
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