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first_imgMONTREAL – Eric Racine, head of a school board east of Montreal, says it’s rarely obvious to educators which students will give up on school.So in a province that has some of the worst high school dropout rates in the country, his board has enlisted a computer algorithm to help pinpoint students at risk.Along with data specialists at accounting firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, the Val-des-Cerfs school board in Quebec’s Eastern Townships last year developed a computer calculation that has proven remarkably accurate.Racine says the new measure can find students in Grade 6 who are at significant risk of dropping out of school three years later — with 92 per cent accuracy.Many students quit school without teachers ever having considered them to be high-risk, he said.“A student would have a 75 per cent final grade one year, then 72 per cent the next year, followed by 69 per cent — they pass every year,” Racine said in an interview.“But the trajectory is downwards — and it’s these students who we realized were vulnerable.”In order to develop the profile of an at-risk student, the Val-des-Cerfs board and the accounting firm analysed more than 300 data points collected on 60,000 students since 2002.The data included academic results as well as statistics related to financial aid, absenteeism, disciplinary measures and frequent changes in home address.Looking at all students at the end of Grade 6, the model correctly identified 92 per cent of those who would drop out in Grade 9.At the end of the 2017-18 school year, the model identified about 90 students going into Grade 7 this fall considered in danger of dropping out. The factors placing each student at risk were sent to individual schools so they could develop strategies to help the children.The program cost the school board $20,000 to develop, Racine said. It runs on open-source software.Quebec’s Education Department has taken notice.Racine presented his initiative to administrators at the Education Department Tuesday. He said they were “very interested” in developing the program further to see if it can be used across the province.Representatives from Quebec’s Education Department did not immediately return a request for comment.Despite advances in education since the Quiet Revolution in the 1960s, Quebec still has the lowest high school graduation rates in the country.An April 2018 report by the Institut du Quebec — a research group formed by the Conference Board of Canada and HEC Montreal business school — found just 64 per cent of Quebec high school students graduate after five years. That is 13 percentage point below the national average and 20 points below the top performers — Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.The gap is more pronounced among boys. In Quebec, 57 per cent of boys graduate within five years, compared with 82 per cent in Ontario.Roch Chouinard, an education professor at Universite de Montreal, says graduation outcomes are not easily compared between provinces because of differences in their education systems.In Quebec, for instance, primary school is six years and high school is five years, while in Ontario primary school is eight years with four years of high school.“It’s a little like comparing apples and oranges,” he said.But Chouinard is interested in the Val-des-Cerfs model if it can help students at risk.“Students don’t wake up and decide to leave school,” he said. “It’s a process. The best prevention consists of closely following students. The (algorithm) is interesting because it can allow schools to identify kids early, and to act prompting to address issues.”last_img read more

Firefighters rescue horse who fell down ravine in Escondido

first_img KUSI Newsroom May 18, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 18, 2018 ESCONDIDO (KUSI) — Firefighters used ropes and an improvised sling to rescue a 32-year-old horse who apparently fell down a steep ravine in south Escondido, authorities said Friday.The rescue happened around 4:30 p.m. Thursday near Via Conejo, north of Lake Hodges, after the Escondido Fire Department received a call for help, Escondido fire officials said. The animal was on its side at the bottom of a ravine and unable to stand because of the steep terrain and rocks.“With the assistance of a veterinarian and an officer from San Diego Animal Services, firefighters were able to improvise a sling and hoist the horse to level ground at the top of the ravine,” the officials said. “After a quick check by the veterinarian, the horse was able to walk back to its corral.”Eight firefighters pitched in to help with the rescue, and nobody was injured. The 32-year-old horse is near the end of a typical horse’s life expectancy of about 25 to 35 years. Firefighters rescue horse who fell down ravine in Escondido Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Two outages leave over 4200 without power near City Heights and Rolando

first_imgTwo outages leave over 4,200 without power near City Heights and Rolando areas SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Two outages left just over 4,200 San Diego Gas & Electric customers without power Tuesday morning in the Rolando, City Heights and Oak Park areas.The first outage, affecting 4,159 customers, was reported at 2:52 a.m., according to San Diego Gas and Electric’s online outage map. The second outage, affecting 48 customers, was reported at 3:43 a.m.As of 7:15 a.m., power had been restored to all customers affected by the first outage, but the customers affected by the second outage remained without power, SDG&E spokeswoman Helen Gao said, adding that power was expected to be restored to the remaining customers by 9 a.m.Crews determined the first outage was caused by a tree that fell on power lines, Gao said. The cause of the second outage was still under investigation. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Updated: 8:59 AMcenter_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: August 6, 2019 August 6, 2019last_img read more