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One school dramatically increased its level one, Pasifika, NCEA pass rate from 41% in 2009 to 81% in 2010 using a library based programme (47.3% was the national Boys Schools average pass rate for level one NCEA in 2010, Pasifika national average Boys Schools pass rate is not available).
The Pacific Islands Centre at the University of Otago launched the “Dare to Succeed Programme” to help young Pacific students to better understand the importance of gaining good academic skills and qualifications while at school in the hope they will better focus on their current studies and aspire to successfully undertake tertiary level study. “Some of our Pacific students are academically able, but under achieve due to poor work-habits and study skills”.
Project Managers work with families as well as students. Families got a better understanding of what is needed to succeed in education and why.
This is a good example of how School Librarians can be involved in wider school initiatives to promote student achievement. School Librarians can also encourage tertiary buddies to introduce students to tertiary libraries and support networks.
The Dare to Succeed programme website contains more information.
Do we still have a responsibility to follow up on what happens to our bright eyed, excited students when they have departed our schools for the next step in their education at one of our tertiary institutions?
Do we have to? Research tell us that around four out of five of our students will make a successful transition to tertiary education and they will eventually graduate from their chosen courses.
But, what about that other student?
Research also tells us that 19% of students starting a bachelors degree in 2007 failed to complete that qualification or higher and did not re enrol in the following year. Some groups are more inclined to drop out than others. In 2007, first year attrition was highest in Maori over all qualification levels, with Asian having a significantly lower rate than any other ethnicity. The biggest difference was found in bachelor level study with Maori students at 28.8% flowed by Pasifika at 25.6%
Do we have a role to help decrease this attrition by our work with students before they leave our schools and libraries?
What are some schools do already to support their transitioning students?
Is there a role for school library staff?
What could we be doing more of? Or less of?
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