New Report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Shows How Schools Can Re-Engage Over-Age, Under-Credited Students

July 28, 2014

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Public charter schools are leading the charge to make sure over-age and under-credited (OU) students are staying in school and succeeding in their education. This population of students typically ends up falling behind or dropping out completely.

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Our Piece of the Pie, and SIATech examined the best practices of five charter schools that are keeping OU students in school. These best practices and findings are detailed in a new report that's just been released entitled, Over-Age, Under-Credited Students and Public Charter Schools: An Exploration of Successes, Strategies, and Opportunities for Expansion.

In addition to looking at the successful strategies the charter schools are utilizing, the report also includes recommendations schools can use to re-engage this student population back in school. Some of these suggestions include creating partnerships for comprehensive services (e.g. health services) that keep kids in school; providing equitable funding so schools have access to resources specific to this population; and allowing alternative accountability measures such as measuring concept mastery rather than how much time students are in their seats.

The report also details how helping these students can have a significant impact on the economy. Each dropout imposes an estimated economic burden of $258,240, and a social burden of $755,900 over the course of his or her lifetime. The authors highlight the impact that re-engaging this student population has on local economies and communities.

The information within the report can be used for both charter and traditional public schools. Visit the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools to download the report.