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From the ECS State Policy Database: At-Risk (incl. Dropout Prevention)--Alternative Education - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

State Policies Related to Alternative Education MS Word PDF - Alternative schools provide choice and opportunity to children unable to study in a regular setting. This ECS StateNote provides examples of alternative schools in select states designed for students: (1) with disciplinary problems, disruptive behavior and emotional/ behavioral disabilities, and (2) who do not fit in a traditional setting. Statutory references and recommendations for policymakers to consider in creating alternative schools are provided. (Oleg Silchenko, Education Commission of the States, November 2005)...

How Do States Define Alternative Education? - Alternative education programs - educational activities that fall outside the traditional K-12 curriculum - serve students who are at risk of school failure, mostly because of behavioral problems. For a new law, Maryland DOE needed a definition and asked for some research. Literature suggests the definition should include target population, setting, services, and structure; 43 states and DC have formal definitions. (Allan Porowski, Rosemarie O'Conner and Jia Lisa Luo, REL Mid-Atlantic, September 2014) ...

Alternative Education: Exploring Innovation in Learning - Eighty-five percent of Massachusetts' high school students graduate in four years, but for some at-risk young people, traditional education isn't a good fit. This report looks at alternative education both nationally and in the Commonwealth that aims to rescue youth at risk for dropping out with options like flexible scheduling, multiple means to earn credit and personalized learning. It suggests the divide between traditional and alternative education is a false one and all students would benefit from a similar individualized blend of opportunities and services. (Nina Culbertson, Rennie Center, June 2014)...

Numbers and Types of Public Elementary and Secondary Schools, By School Type - Table 2 - Table indicates the number of operating public elementary and secondary schools by school type, charter, magnet, Title I and Title I schoolwide status, and state or jurisdiction for the 2011-12 school year. (National Center for Education Statistics, April 2012)...

Improving Alternative Education in California - Ten to 15% of high school kids are being educated at alternative schools with little evaluation of progress. There is some question that low performing students are often referred to alternative schools to relieve the burden of their improvement from the traditional schools, yet one quarter of high school dropouts are coming from alternative programs. This study makes recommendations to the state about how to insure accountability and maintain effective monitoring of alternative programs, to make sure that schools and districts are held responsible for the students in alternative education. (Elizabeth Hill, Legislative Analyst’s Office, February 2007)...

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