Vulnerable Youth

Vulnerable Children and Youth are students who often encounter challenges in receiving a quality and equitable education. Vulnerable youth may face many barriers, including traumatization, high mobility, and undiagnosed behavioral and health conditions. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) emphasizes educational stability for vulnerable youth. By requiring states to report data on students with disabilities, English learners, homeless students, students with parents in the military and students in foster care, ESSA acknowledges the unique circumstances of vulnerable youth.

While any group of students identified through a needs assessment can be considered vulnerable, new data reporting requirements under ESSA will help educators identify trends and opportunities to better support their most vulnerable students. ESSA urges schools and districts to collect and analyze academic and community data to identify, implement and monitor evidence-based practices that will provide vulnerable youth with the opportunity to thrive. The Ohio Improvement Process (OIP) is an inquiry-based continuous improvement model supported by the Department that can help guide educators to implement supports that ensure the success of all students. 

Click on the smaller circles to learn more about each vulnerable youth population.



Guidance for Ohio Schools Receiving Puerto Rican Students displaced by Storms

Widely scattered weather disasters in 2017 displaced thousands of students and families from their homes. Ohio estimates an influx of these displaced students over the next three years. To support schools that will be enrolling these children, the Ohio Department of Education issues this guidance  describing what to expect and offering links to additional resources.

Last Modified: 2/1/2018 10:34:53 AM