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These Schools Stopped Drop-Outs By Letting Students Learn at Their Own Pace

By: Krystle Crossman

The Taylor County School District in Kentucky has come up with an education plan that has shown to improve the dropout rates in high school. They have teachers in the classrooms, but the teachers are not assigned to specific students. They learn at their own pace, they get to choose the teachers that they wish to work with. They are left to their own devices and it is up to them to make the most of their education. The district currently has a 0% dropout rate.

Students come into class each day and are given a list of objectives and standards that they must meet by the end of the day. They then sit and get to their work, trying to accomplish all of the goals that they have for the day. They don’t even have to be in the classroom, they can be in the library, or the cafeteria, or sitting outside. As long as they are meeting the standards that are set out for them each day. This has proven not only to be a very effective system but is popular among the students as well.

One of the best things about this system in Taylor County is that it gives the students more of a chance to excel in a subject that they like since they are working on their own. A specific learning plan is created for each student. An administrator will sit down with them and go over what their goals are and what they are most interested. This will help to give them a specialized plan that can help them with a smooth transition. If there is a student who wishes to be a doctor their math teacher can assign work that would help with figuring out formulas for medications. The English teacher could give them reading material that deals with medicine.

The schools partner with local colleges as well and give the students access to courses that are offered through the college. They are working on implementing this with elementary and middle school children as well. It is a great idea that keeps students interested in learning and Is able to strive to be what they truly want to be.

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