About 6 percent of students nationwide are “twice exceptional,” or 2e: They have high academic aptitude but struggle with ADHD, mild autism, dyslexia, or other learning and behavioral challenges. Parents say it’s often impossible to find schools to educate them. Now some are fighting to change that.
To increase the number of high school graduates seeking more education, one West Virginia district is deploying at every grade level a practice that has proven to give at-risk infants and toddlers a head start in life: home visiting. McDowell County is sending teachers directly to kids’ homes to counsel, persuade and cajole them to graduate on time and plan for their future.