The high-stakes testing starts in the tenth grade so kids are being held back not for their own sake but to protect their school’s statistics.
If the focus were really on the students, people would be thinking creatively about how to help them instead of thinking if them as data points."***Educators are honing in on three indicators—attendance, behavior, and course performance—that are believed to be the most accurate measurements of a student’s likelihood to either quit school or move on. High schools are working to use this information to keep students in school past the ninth grade.
Young men frequently fib about their sexual experience, whereas young women tend to be more truthful.
Economists Peter Arcidiacono and Marjorie Mc Elroy of Duke and Andrew Beauchamp of Boston College examined an enormous trove of data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, more commonly known as The poll asked a broad range of questions about health and behavior—and the data set has become the basis of dozens of famed medical, sociological, and economic studies.In Portland, Oregon, Self-Enhancement Inc.–which employs coordinators to oversee 30 high-risk students each, in 12 public schools—takes pride in a 98 percent high-school graduation rate for the students it works with.Goals are set for every student, and the aides are available 24/7 and serve as links between child and school, parent and school, and child and parent.“A lot of what we do is to prepare the students for the ninth grade,” says Self-Enhancement project manager Lisa Manning.Ninth grade has increasingly become a “bottleneck” for students: A joint report from Princeton University and the Brookings Institution found “in 1970, there were 3 percent fewer tenth graders than ninth graders; by 2000, that share had risen to 11 percent.”“More and more of us are realizing that it’s the make or break year for many 14- and 15-year-olds,” says Jon Zaff, director of the Center for Promise at Tufts University.“It’s a time when the cognitive, emotional, and physical are all coming together. “They are therefore experimental and trying to separate and might try substances that interfere with the normal developmental process. She is suuuuuper flirty with me, and we are going to hang out next Friday. I'm a 10th grade guy and I'm 16, and she's an 8th grader and I'm not sure how old she is. Why I Don't Think Cheating is a Completely Terrible Thing... Everything Wrong With All Medical Movies and TV Shows 10 Signs Your Ex Is Not Done Hurting You Yet Who Are These People Who Continue to Sneer at Trump but Didn't Vote for the Only Sane Candidate?So are some other old prom-era chestnuts: Teen boys are primarily—obsessively?—interested in sex, whereas girls, no matter how boy-crazy, tend to focus on relationships.“Now, some 85 percent have moved on to the tenth grade.That’s not only double-digit improvement over previous numbers, but over the other students not in the program.”The answers seem to be coming, however gradually, and at least the right questions are being asked.