Keeping freshmen on track



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The purpose of the study was to provide teachers with targeted professional learning to help identify and provide best practices for first-year high school students in danger of retention. This study utilized Mintrop’s designed-based school improvement methodology and aimed to give teachers the knowledge and tools to successfully identify students, utilize best practices, and leverage data analysis skills to impact learning and avoid freshman retention. The specific findings of this study noted a higher degree of understanding of the factors that play a significant role in retention but revealed that teacher access to pertinent data and communication among educators is frequently lacking. Even though teachers had access to targeted professional development, their relative isolation from other subject teachers and a lack of comprehensive student data in other subjects led to an inability to identify students at risk of retention and, therefore, not make the necessary interventions.



Freshmen, Retention, At-Risk