Baton Rouge to test struggling students' program
BATON ROUGE- A new federal pilot program in Baton Rouge will enable officials to provide extra services, support and career coaching to a group of students at two alternative schools in an effort to boost academic performance and graduation rates.
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1P7gmlU) the federal interagency Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth will give Baton Rouge-area governmental agencies greater flexibility in how they use federal dollars from a number of sources in order to design the pilot program.
Researchers will track the progress of the roughly 80 to 100 students throughout the three-year pilot program, comparing their performance on a number of measures with that of other students.
Officials hope the program will provide a model for how to more effectively use federal funds to support at-risk students.