The Norman Transcript


April 9, 2013

Norman dropout rates skewed by issues with records



· Students who fill out appropriate paperwork when withdrawing to homeschool,

· Students who complete GED coursework or

· Students homebound by extended illness.

“Since 2005-2006, dropouts have been an issue that the district focused on, and we’ve launched additional interventions to raise our ability to track why students leave, and they’re enormous. There are so many (reasons) why kids leave schools and why those schools can’t always track where they’ve gone,” Superintendent Joe Siano said. “The inconsistent methodology for tracking dropout rate has made it a challenge, and the district has instead focused on interventions and a proactive approach.”

Norman’s dropout numbers have seen a sharp decline since the inception of intervention methods, with the 2005-2006 number of 105 reported dropouts totaling more than twice the numbers of recent years.

According to Nevels’ report, 31 NPS students dropped out during 2011-12. The Norman dropouts reported, by school, are:

· Alcott Middle: 2

· Irving Middle: 5

· Longfellow Middle: zero

· Whittier Middle: 1

· Norman High: 13

· Norman North High: 10

Successful intervention methods include supplemental online coursework, parent and community liaisons, student mentors, concurrent enrollment and “wrap-around” services for students’ emotional and physical well-being, among others.

“The key to intervention strategies is knowing each students’ story. This is something I personally enacted as a principal, and it’s our mantra in developing and executing intervention strategies now,” Nevels said.



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