The Student Services Department carefully develops and implements Core Curriculum lessons that support chosen mindsets and behaviors while aligning with the mission and vision of the department, school and county. The three lessons selected are components of our program which prepare students for their future.
The senior lesson was geared towards achieving our program goal of a 100% graduation rate. In order to plan for the future, it is imperative to guide students with the tools necessary to create long and short term goals.The lesson provided students with information on post secondary options and how to navigate through the college search and application process. Perception data indicated that 63% of students felt they had enough information on how to apply to college at the conclusion of the lesson as compared to 25% prior. Additionally, there was a 29% increase in the knowledge of graduation requirements upon completion. The outcome data revealed that 98% of seniors successfully graduated. While we didn’t meet our program goal, we were able to increase our percentage from prior years and were pleased with the results. Senior year attendance showed a 165% increase in full days missed from first to fourth quarter. We discussed adding additional elements to the lesson to include more details on attendance and the relationship between poor attendance and achievement. For students who did not graduate, we will determine the reasons and attempt to implement more interventions.
The sophomore lesson goal focused on information on potential career interests and career exploration. Prior to the lesson, 49% of students did not know their career interest profile type. At the conclusion, 81% were aware of what their profile type was and how their skills and interests translate to career options. Perception data also indicated that 60% of students were aware of the skills and coursework required for their potential career at the conclusion as compared to 45% prior. In addition to understanding their individualized career interest results, counselors facilitated discussion centering around grades, high school success, and the path to achieve their career trajectory. Outcome data revealed there was a GPA increase of .15 points for this group of students at the end of their sophomore year as compared to their freshman year. While the sophomore lesson proved to be helpful, we noticed many students grew tired of answering the questions from the profiler. There was a total of 180 questions and we suspect some students may have just clicked anything towards the end to get through the survey. In the future, we would consider exploring a more concise profiler.
Our Freshman Focus 4 part series intended to help students smoothy transition to high school. Each lesson had different topic focuses; time management, study skills, self advocacy and understanding the correlation between academic achievement and postsecondary success. We felt the Freshman Focus lessons were beneficial in getting students acclimated to high school. Pre-test perception data results demonstrated that time management was an area of concern. After the implementation of the lessons, post survey perception data showed a 15% increase in obtaining new strategies for time management. Another lesson focused on transcript interpretation. We felt that an introduction of transcripts and how to understand them would be a beneficial part of understanding how grades tie into academic success and college choices. We demonstrated a GPA calculation and discussed how college admissions would evaluate them. Post test perception data showed almost a 30% increase in knowledge of what a transcript looks like. In addition to facilitating academic success for our students, we also want to ensure their emotional health is addressed and supported, therefore we were very pleased with the post data showing that over 90% of students know where to go when they need help. One area that we need to improve on is student understanding the importance of how attendance affects academic success. When we analyzed 2015-16 data, 55% of students understood the correlation between attendance and success. We added a component of attendance in our lessons, however, perception data revealed there was a 3% decrease in this concept. The outcome of our addition was not as successful as we hoped. We will revise our lessons and add a more engaging and informative activity. We will continue to implement the Freshman Focus program in the future and will utilize outcome and perception data for effectiveness.
After looking at delivery method of our lessons, we agreed that more engaging activities should be incorporated. This will create more thought provoking discussion and keep students interested.