Journal of Education & Social Policy

ISSN 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/jesp

Prepared for Graduation: A Multi-Faceted and Multi-Tiered Intervention to Support At-Risk High School Students
Daniel J. Boudah

National Assessment of Educational Progress data have indicated that many secondary students lack sufficient literacy skills, and that students who receive free/reduced lunch, students from rural settings, and students with disabilities are particularly low-performing (National Center for Education Statistics, 2015). Moreover, sometimes these students lack connectedness, which has been linked to risk-taking behaviors and school dropout (Gordon, Downey & Bangert, 2013; Balfanz, Herzog & Mac Iver, 2007). For at-risk students, including students with disabilities, preparation for post secondary life is especially important. Engaging students in workforce preparation is arguably as essential as academic preparation. Therefore, at-risk secondary students require comprehensive interventions to keep them in school, attend to literacy needs, connect them with caring people, and provide value-added opportunities to promote future well-being. This paper details the development and evaluation of Prepared for Graduation, a multi-faceted and multi-tiered intervention to address the needs of atrisk adolescents in a rural setting.

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