- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Sylvania Schools will adopt a revised career-advising plan for the district, which will emphasize identifying students who are at risk of dropping out of school.

The Sylvania Board of Education approved the plan at its meeting Monday.

Ohio Revised Code requires all districts to adopt a local policy on career advising beginning with the 2015-16 school year.

The district’s plan, based on the State Board of Education’s Model Policy, calls for identifying students who are at risk of dropping out using the Ohio Department of Education’s Early Warning System.

“It’s guidelines as to the things schools must do K-12 in terms of advising kids, whether it’s for college or a pathway every year,” Superintendent Scott Nelson said. “The key to that is we have to create a system that identifies kids earlier that are at risk for not succeeding or are just having trouble or may not graduate.”

After a student is identified as at risk, district staff will develop a student success plan with the assistance of the students parent or guardian, helping to identify a pathway to successful graduation and the role that career-technical education might have in that process.

“I think it’s always a good idea to be monitoring student understanding and progress,” Mr. Nelson said. “I think a lot of those things we’ve already done, but this early warning system gives us a vehicle to dig into the data. This gets us a vehicle to do it in a little more data-driven, systematic way and that’s what I like about it.”

Contact Brian Buckey at: [email protected] or 419-376-9414.

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