The Superintendent's Dropout Challenge began in the summer of 2009. State Superintendent Flanagan issued a challenge to Michigan schools to have them identify 10 to 15 students at any grade level who were at-risk of dropping out of school. Over 1,800 elementary, middle, and high schools have participated.
Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, the focus of the Superintendent's Dropout Challenge has expanded to all Michigan students through the use of Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS). As districts and schools build their systems, they will provide both academic and behavioral supports to ALL students to keep them on track for graduation. The identification of 10-15 students is now the minimum requirement of the SDC, with the intent that districts/schools will view this work at the systems level to build in multiple levels of instruction, intervention, and assessment.
Participation in the Superintendent's Dropout Challenge is a requirement for Priority and Focus schools. If you are one of these schools, please see the Priority and Focus Toolkits (The Priority Toolkit is finished. Also, Support Webinar(s) and the Focus Toolkit are still being completed).
For more information or if you have questions about Priority and Focus school participation, please contact Connie McCall, Department Analyst for the Office of Education Improvement and Innovation, at 517-373-4226 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
New Superintendent's Dropout Challenge participants can sign up at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014-15DropoutChallengeSignupSurvey.
IF YOUR BUILDING OR DISTRICT HAS BEEN PART OF THE CHALLENGE IN THE PAST, NO FURTHER ACTION IS NECESSARY AT THIS TIME. You will automatically be re-enrolled. If you are registering as a new single building, you may want to explore whether your district would like to have all of its schools participate.
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