Students Placed At-Risk

Connecticut Postsecondary Pathways for Opportunity Youth

This resource provides an overview of evidence-based practices and structures that promote pathways to postsecondary opportunities for vulnerable youth (particularly those in the juvenile justice system) in Connecticut. This resource also describes common barriers to success that vulnerable youth in this state encounter. The study that informed the findings and recommendations presented in this resource was conducted by the American Youth Policy Forum in collaboration with the C.S. Mott Foundation and the Tow Foundation.

Gateway to College: Lessons from Implementing a Rigorous Academic Program for At-risk Young People

This study reports on the implementation of Gateway to College, a program whose mission it is to serve students who have dropped out or who are at risk of dropping out of high school by allowing them to earn a high school diploma and credits toward a postsecondary degree. The report’s first goal is to provide an in-depth description of the Gateway to College model and to more precisely define the youth population served by the program.

From AYPF: Understanding the Homeless Youth Population

Health and security issues are many of the challenges that youth face in sustaining their education and jobs. Without a safe, stable place to call home, homeless children and youth often have interrupted and delayed schooling and are twice as likely to repeat a grade, have a learning disability, or to be suspended from school. 

Moving Beyond Access: College success for low-income, first-generation students.

This report addresses the challenges that face at-risk students who are the first in their family to attend college. The authors examine the constraints on college success for low-income, first-generation students and how colleges can promote success for this population. Recommendations include improving academic preparation for college, providing more financial support, and easing the transition to college through targeted on-campus programming. 

Using Technology to Support At-Risk Students’ Learning

This report discusses ways to effectively use technology to produce significant learning gains and increase engagement for at-risk students. The author examines different types of learning outcomes in technology-rich classroom environments and provides recommendations for how districts can identify which technologies are appropriate for the at-risk students they serve.  

How Public Universities Can Promote Access and Success for All Students

This brief discusses the role and responsibility of public universities to provide supports specifically for racial minorities and low-income students, including need-based financial aid, leadership opportunities, and learning communities. In doing so, the brief provides strategies from three public universities that effectively address the barriers of these demographics and improve retention and graduation rates among them.

Laying Tracks to Graduation: The First Year of Implementing Diplomas Now

This report explores how Talent Development Secondary, City Year, and Community in Schools formed the Diplomas Now project to reduce the dropout rate in urban secondary schools and prepare students for college and careers. Diplomas Now is a data-driven, tiered intervention model funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Investing in Innovation (i3) competition in addition to matching funds from private organizations. The program's model focuses on early warning indicators of on-time graduation, including attendance, behavior, and course performance.


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