Tag: "attendance"

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Baltimore Community Schools: Promise & Progress

This report, by Rachel E. Durham and Faith Connolly, examined the characteristics of students Community Schools serve, parent engagement, school climate, and student attendance outcomes, as compared to non-Community Schools.  In addition, the report examines attendance and PARCC outcomes among students participating in the Community Schools’ Out-of-School-Time Programs (OST). Key Findings from the report include: […]

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Kindergarten Attendance and Readiness for Baltimore’s Class of 2027

This brief examines kindergarten readiness and attendance in kindergarten for children enrolled in publicly provided early education programs as well as similar children who entered kindergarten without enrolling in these programs. Researchers found that children who do not participate in publicly funded early education programs are less likely to be kindergarten ready and miss more school. Conversely, children […]

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College Opportunities and Access: Baltimore City Graduates through the Class of 2014

This report is the third in a series of reports describing Baltimore City Schools graduates enrolling in college the fall after graduation and how many of them went on to earn degrees after six years. Findings of the report include: The majority of City Schools’ graduates who enroll in college, enroll in local community colleges; […]

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September Attendance: Start Strong, Stay Strong

Cinnamon Brown Mack, Founder/CEO, Victorious Attitudes For Everyday Life, Inc. and Faith Connolly, Executive Director, Baltimore Education Research Consortium September Attendance Matters!  A recent Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC) study found that children enrolled in Baltimore City public schools who attend school every day in September end the year with higher attendance rates than those who […]

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The Baltimore City Schools Middle School STEM Summer Program with VEX Robotics

In 2011 Baltimore City Schools submitted a successful proposal for an Investing in Innovations (i3) grant to offer a three year (2012-2014) summer program designed to expose rising sixth through eighth grade students to VEX robotics.1 The i3-funded Middle School Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Summer Learning Program was part of a larger Baltimore […]

A First Look at  Community Schools in Baltimore
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A First Look at Community Schools in Baltimore

In partnership with the Mayor of Baltimore City and Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools), Family League of Baltimore (Family League) launched the Community & School Engagement Strategy in school year 2012-13.  The major finding is that community schools that had been implementing community school practices for five or more years had statistically significant higher […]

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Measuring School Climate: Using Existing Data Tools on Climate and Effectiveness to Inform School Organizational Health

The increasing awareness of school climate is seen in the national press in conversations about suspensions and safety. This increasing interest is happening as schools and communities realize that children cannot learn if they do not feel safe and respected. This interest led to a BERC report on school climate entitled Positive School Climate: What […]

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i3 MS STEM Project

By: Martha Abele Mac Iver This rigorous analysis from the first year found that students who participated in this middle school STEM summer program in robotics on math achievement and student interest in STEM subjects and careers, which culminated in a city-wide tournament, had significantly higher school attendance the following year compared to a matched comparison […]

Destination Graduation: Sixth Grade Early Warning Indicators for Baltimore City Schools: Their Prevalence and Impact
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Destination Graduation: Sixth Grade Early Warning Indicators for Baltimore City Schools: Their Prevalence and Impact

Destination Graduation: Sixth Grade Early Warning Indicators for Baltimore City Schools: Their Prevalence and Impact examines the 2000-01 cohort of sixth grade students from Baltimore City Schools to determine whether there were indicators that predicted eventual dropout with a reasonable level of certainty and identified enough students to justify intervention efforts. The indicators include chronic absence […]

Keeping On Track in Ninth Grade and Beyond: Baltimore’s Ninth Graders in 2007-08
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Keeping On Track in Ninth Grade and Beyond: Baltimore’s Ninth Graders in 2007-08

To address the factors related to high school success, BERC announces the release of the report,”Keeping On Track in Ninth Grade and Beyond: Baltimore’s Ninth Graders in 2007-08.” Focusing on a recent Baltimore City ninth grade cohort, the report examines the behavioral factors identified in previous research as key predictors of high school graduation, particularly […]

The Challenge of On-Time Arrival: The Seven-Year Flight Paths of Baltimore’s Sixth Graders of 1999-2000
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The Challenge of On-Time Arrival: The Seven-Year Flight Paths of Baltimore’s Sixth Graders of 1999-2000

By: Martha Abele Mac Iver, Stephen B. Plank, Rachel E. Durham, Elizabeth Farley-Ripple Published: May 13, 2008 “The Challenge of On-Time Arrival: The Seven-Year Flight Paths of Baltimore’s Sixth Graders of 1999-2000” a study that retrospectively followed a cohort of students forward from sixth grade to several years past their on-time high school graduation year. It identified characteristics of middle […]