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How do you fix a failing school? In some places, turning around a failing school means dismissing the principal and half the teaching staff. But in Baton Rogue, Louisiana, Broadmoor Middle School partnered with non-profit groups City Year and Communities in Schools to provide onsite social workers and mentors, and track students before they drop out. (Full Story Here)
"We can really map where the schools and where the kids are. It's almost like insider trading for the social good."
--Diplomas Now founder Robert Balfanz of Johns Hopkins University
A data-driven model known as Diplomas Now was implemented to target students who were showing early signs of dropping out.
Traditional models use testing to track student performance in the classroom. Under the Diplomas Now model, tardiness, unexcused absences, and misbehavior are also charted and flagged as problems that could lead to larger issues later in a student's life.
The data is collected and regularly analyzed by a group of academic and social care professionals.
"We can really map where the schools and where the kids are," explained Diplomas Now founder Robert Balfanz of Johns Hopkins University. "It's almost like insider trading for the social good."