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Brookfield schools honored for graduating at-risk students

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - A local school district is receiving high marks for graduating at-risk students.

University at Albany researched all New York state schools and identified Brookfield as one of the eight highest-performing in the state when it comes to graduating at-risk students. On Tuesday, those who conducted the study came to Brookfield to talk with teachers.

Their three-year study period showed the national average graduation rate for at-risk students was 50 percent, but Brookfield's average in that period was 100 percent.

Researchers say Brookfield's success can be attributed in part to the fact they tailor the education to the child.

"There's a concern for the whole child, not just the academic student," said Dr. Linda Baker of University at Albany. "This is a district where there's a great deal of attention paid to the individual student, to make sure that no one falls through the cracks. They're really giving each student the attention that he or she needs."

Baker says that it also helped that Brookfield got a jump on Common Core curriculum, starting it earlier than other schools.

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