Data Image Project: Swain County High School

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School setting: Swain County High School is the only high school in the county. It is situated about a mile on the outskirts of a small town with 5 stoplights. The school currently enrolls 636 students. It houses a newly restructured Alternative Learning Center. The Alternative Learning Center houses 28 students. The high school also has a Freshman Academy which accommodates 142 students. These students are housed in a separate building for 50% of the day and then branch out to their electives. Both of these are initiatives that stemmed from high drop-out rates. 58% of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch. 68% of the students are white, while 26% are Native American; the remaining percentage is made of Hispanic and 2 or
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The above data is demographic data and the trends which were noted were the large discrepancy in males to females in grades nine and eleven. This is unevenly distributed in relation to male: female teachers. The trend was also noted in the graduation co-hort data where the males were one of the only groups whose rate continued to rise. No rationale was provided for this trend because it was believed that no real strategies or emphasis had been placed on this scenario.
In looking at the data by grade and race it was pointed out that while we show 18 Hispanic students, only three of those are considered ESL. Graduation rates were up and down across the demographic spectrum; however, the discrepancy was marginal in most areas. One area we saw great improvement was the graduation rate for our exceptional children. There have been vast improvements in this sub group, from 37% to 82.6%. The group identified the extra support that has been put in place for these students as a possible reason, also the possibility that teachers better understand how to differentiate more
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Before analyzing and summarizing the data I asked him what results he would like to see. He wanted to know when the majority of the incidences were occurring, how many students accounted for the 451 incidences and what grade level they were, and the top three reasons. As I began to summarize the data I went a step further and broke it down by grade level. In a previous assignment I had looked at discipline data and had created a comparison chart. The assistant principal asked me later to see how many of the incidences came from our alternative school, so I went through and pulled out that

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