New ways to identify struggling students

February 22, 2019 | The Hechinger Report

Adults in a school generally know the names of the most at-risk students. Those having the hardest time academically or emotionally stand out.

In Richland School District 2 in suburban Columbia, South Carolina, Erin Armstrong says if students are ranked according to risk, the top 10 to 15 names will be familiar. Those students are the ones who appear in the office all the time. They’re getting in trouble.

“The numbers 15 to 30,” Armstrong said, “those are the ones who are falling through the cracks.”

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