I’ve shared a lot of resources over the years about ninth-grade students and the importance of supporting – I’ve spent a lot of time teaching ninth-graders!
I thought it would be useful to bring together some of those resources into one post (let me know what you think I’m missing):
How More Meetings Might Be The Secret To Fixing High School is an NPR piece about a program called BARR that supports ninth-graders. It sounds very similar to what our school and others do with Small Learning Communities, but I need to learn more about their model.
Some of those posts emphasize, in particular, the importance of Social Emotional Learning Skills.
A new report recently came from the Institute Of Education Sciences making that same point. It’s titled Understanding the role of noncognitive skills and school environments in students’ transitions to high school:
Here’s an excerpt:
Ninth grade can be hard. Here’s how to make it easier. appeared in the Houston Chronicle.
Course failures have an outsize impact on students’ likelihood of graduating. In the Consortium’s 2007 report What Matters for Staying On-Track and Graduating in Chicago Public Schools, we showed that one “F” in a year-long course in the ninth grade decreases the probability of eventually graduating by 30 percentage points, even if a student has strong test scores. Two “Fs” in ninth grade decrease the probability of graduating by over 50 percentage points (from 85 percent to 33 percent).