Highly Mobile Students: Helping Them Succeed
In the past few years student mobility at Rosedale Elementary has become an increasing concern for office and classroom staff. For the 2008-2009 school year Rosedale began the year with a student population of 580 students. During the year 147 students exited Rosedale and 192 new students enrolled (T. Radcliff, personal communication, June 18, 2009). In the past five years Rosedale Elementary School has experienced a rise in its student population that qualifies for free or reduced lunch. This percentage increase has resulted in Rosedale being designated as a Title 1 school. As the number of children who leave Rosedale during the school year and the number of children who register after the school year has started has increased, the number of children who qualify for free or reduced meals has also increased. Research points toward mobility as one of the factors that contributes to lower academic achievement. Fisher and Matthews (1999) define student mobility as characterized by “an inconsistency and/or interruption in the educational experience of the student” (p.4). One-quarter of the students at Rosedale experienced an interruption in their education last year. Goal of this plan: Implement a registration process which provides new families with a quick and welcoming orientation while assessing each new student for their reading, writing and math levels.