Inside every student is a graduate: the ABC’s can make the difference between dropping out or graduating.
Communities In Schools of Richmond (CIS) takes action to address dropout factors by working hand-in-hand with students on personal goals helping them pave the way to success. Research over the last several years consistently identifies the most highly predictive factors of dropping out as the ABC’s:
Attendance: Missing 20 days or being absent 10% of school days
Behavior: Two or more mild or more serious behavior infractions
Course Completion: Not reading at grade level by the end of third grade; failing English or Math in six-ninth grade; failing two courses in ninth grade; getting held back in the ninth grade
Each of these indicators is an early warning sign and part of a CIS intervention strategy to help students stay on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future.
The graduation rate in the City of Richmond is improving but it is a long road. The challenges do not begin when a student enters high school, but far earlier, before a child arrives for the first day of kindergarten. For many of our urban students, concentrated poverty robs children of school readiness, creates obstacles to consistent school attendance or can be the root of profound behavioral issues. All of which place kids at risk for school failure.
While these statistics may seem insurmountable, Communities In Schools of Richmond (CIS) is focusing our work to achieve real results for students. Working across the K-12 pipeline, CISis concentrating on three critical dropout factors. The ABC’s—Attendance, Behaviors, and Course Completion—are at the heart of every service we coordinate for students. Using these factors as identifiers, our goal is to boost strong student outcomes across the spectrum and harness resources to make a greater impact. Using the ABC’s as our guide and with your continued investment, CIS is committed to the long road.
Year after year Communities In Schools of Richmond keeps students in school and on track for graduation.
The CIS Model for delivering services to students is based on student outcomes for attendance, behavior and course completion goals. Shifting from a referral-based model to a proactive identification process, CIS uses “near real time” data to identify the students who are off-track earlier. The process captures more at-risk students and offers a proactive pathway for staying on course. It includes:
During the 2017 school year, 19,253 students were connected to resources and 2,892 students received intensive case-managed services. Among the group receiving intensive services:
Communities In Schools of Richmond (CIS) takes action to address dropout factors by working hand-in-hand with students on personal goals, helping them pave the way to success.
50% of CIS students improved attendance
74% of CIS students improved behavior
68% of CIS students improved academic performance
2,000 volunteers shared time with K-12 students; 370 partners supported Richmond and Henrico students; 88 students graduated from Performance Learning Centers; 46 CIS Site Coordinators worked inside K-12 schools.
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