Dropout Rate Dramatically Reduced in School System Where Teachers Use PCM Concepts in Teaching Their Classes

The Apache Junction School District in Apache Junction, Arizona has been using the concepts of Process Communication in teaching their students for the past 27 years.  After the first 3 years, the superintendent noted the great improvement in student achievement and the reduction in the dropout rate and decided to quantify the change.  He found that the dropout rate decreased from 42% to less than 8 percent.  The number of students in trouble on any given day was reduced from 32% to less than 2% and the number of students going on to secondary education rose from 19% to 49%.  In addition, there was a 14% increase in student achievement, annual staff turnover was reduced from 65% to less than 6%, and student, teacher, parent and staff satisfaction soared.

Because of the improvement they have continued to train every new teacher in the concepts in the summer after their first year teaching in the school system.  In addition, every teacher is evaluated each year on how well they use the concepts in teaching their classes.  Brenda Ferris, a teacher in the school system for more than 25 years, reports that she has not had a single discipline problem in any of her classes since she began using the concepts 25 years ago.  The coaches of all the athletic teams also are evaluated on how well they use the concepts in coaching their teams.  Since they began using the concepts there has been a 15 % increase in student participation in the athletic teams and intramural sports programs.

The superintendent was named superintendent of the year for Arizona because of the improvement.

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