The Positive Benefit of Dropout Accountability

I was recently talking to a group of high school educators who were bemoaning the fact that in their state they would now be accountable for reducing the dropout rate.  The crux of their complaint is that they should not be held accountable for a student/parent decision that they essentially have no control over. For…

A Reader Shares… Quick Accountability Testing

A LYS district leader shares the following: A common sense testing plan (feel free to adopt): Any student who scores high enough on the ACT/SAT or TSI (Texas Success Initiative assessment) to gain entry to ANY accredited (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) institution of post-secondary education is deemed college ready.  No new test needed. …

The Student With a Baby

I recently had the following correspondence with the Superintendent of a small, rural district. SC, Considering my district and the community we serve, what would you do for the student who is a junior and now has a baby with no day care options, no family support and no job for a baby sitter? SC…

A Reader Writes… Commencement Address – Part 1

In response to the 6/10/14 post, “Commencement Address – Four Practices,” a LYS Principal writes: SC, Tell me you didn’t Fundamental 5 a Commencement Address!?!?  I can’t wait to share this with my teachers when they come back in August.  Unbelievable! Did any of the teachers and administrators in attendance “get it”? SC Response Believe…

Top LYS Tweets From the Week of May 26, 2013

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of May 26, 2013. 1. Students who take at least 2 AP courses…

A Reader Shares… Accountability Crisis of Conscious

One of the original LYS readers submits the following: “Well, I have heard of situations like this, but until now had never been introduced to one (even in a dysfunctional system and I have seen a couple of those). I am really torn. What is the situation? I sat in a meeting today where the…

High School Graduation Fact

Tomorrow on the plane I’m going to read: The Costs and Benefits of an Excellent Education for All of America’s Children. It is a monograph by Levin, Belfield, Muenning, and Rouse (2007). If I enjoy it, I’ll post some comments. But here is what grabbed my attention. The teaser states, “Each high school graduate in…
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