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26 Feb What's New | Comments

Robert Balfanz named “Champion of Change” by White House

Robert Balfanz named “Champion of Change” by White House

Robert Balfanz, a senior research scientist at The Johns Hopkins University, is among 10 education leaders named White House “Champions of Change” for their commitment to furthering education among African Americans.   See more information at the White House website. Robert Balfanz, a senior research scientist at The Johns Hopkins University, is among 10 education […]

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19 Jul What's New | Comments

Middle School Moment on PBS’s Frontline

Middle School Moment on PBS’s Frontline

PBS’s Frontline highlights Johns Hopkins professor Bob Balfanz’s research on middle school students’ attendance, behavior and course performance – the ABCs, as Balfanz calls it – and the strong link to dropping out of high school. In high-poverty schools, if a sixth grader attends less than 80 percent of the time, receives an unsatisfactory behavior […]

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Learning What it Takes

Learning What it Takes

Growing alarm over high dropout rates has created a groundswell of interest in ways to identify and respond to the needs of students at risk of falling off the graduation path. Groundbreaking research finds a substantial percentage of eventual dropouts can be identified at key transition points (sixth and ninth grades) using attendance, behavior, and […]

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04 Jan What's New | Comments

Focus on Chronic Absenteeism

Focus on Chronic Absenteeism

As states and Congress rethink how to judge a successful school—whether by measuring graduation rates, using standardized-test scores, or judging teacher effectiveness—they should make sure to track another critical piece of information: the number of students missing 20 days or more of school each year. Obviously, missing so much school is a problem for the […]

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16 Dec What's New | Comments

Better High School Graduation Rates May Be An Illusion

Better High School Graduation Rates May Be An Illusion

Over the past several years, high school graduation rates nationwide have improved. On Monday, the Florida Department of Education announced the state’s graduation rate hit a record high of 80.1 percent. But don’t expect those numbers to continue rising, due to a federal mandate that takes effect next year. Read the full article at US […]

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11 Nov What's New | Comments

Quick Take with Robert Balfanz

Quick Take with Robert Balfanz

Why does Balfanz work to improve the opportunities for success among Baltimore’s kids, communities and businesses? For the full story, featured 11/11/11 in the Baltimore Business Journal, please click here.

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On Track for Student Success

On Track for Student Success

The Use of Early Warning Indicator and Intervention Systems to Build A Grad Nation Many of America’s children are on track for success, but far too many are falling behind. While some of our nation’s most precious resources—our future doctors, teachers, and engineers—are reading above grade level, solving complex algebra equations, and applying what they […]

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