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Youth Who Drop Out
Young people who don't complete high school face many more problems in later life than do people who graduate. While national leaders have demanded that schools, communities, and families make a major effort to retain students, the dropout rate remains high. A report from the Educational Testing Service, One-Third of a Nation: Rising Dropout Rates and Declining Opportunities, warns little is being done to stem rising dropout rates and their economic costs. This report also found:
Franklin P. Schargel, Tony Thacker, and John S. Bell, authors of From At Risk to Academic Excellence: What Successful Leaders Do, believe that America's schools can improve and present examples of excellence -- educational leaders who firmly believe that all children can succeed, schools that effectively meet the needs of nontraditional learners, and educational communities that don't give up on students who are at risk of dropping out. In their book, the authors identify individual risk factors -- personal characteristics, habits, and experience; family situations; and peer and community relationships -- and then address the factors over which school leaders can more directly influence -- school climate and culture, school connectedness, school safety, attendance, and school achievement.
Risk Factors of Dropping Out
Previous School Experience
Personal or Psychological Characteristics
Adult and Family Responsibilities of Student
Family Background and Cohesion
Parental discipline, monitoring, concern, encouragement, and consistency have also be linked to academic achievement. Children whose parents consistently set high standards work harder and do better in school. Additionally, an authoritative parenting style, characterized by warmth and concern coupled with boundaries (i.e., clear rules and limits), has been shown to have a positive effect on academic achievement.
School-Caused Risk Factors
Excerpted from From At Risk to Academic Excellence: What Successful Leaders Do by Franklin P. Schargel, Tony Thacker, and John S. Bell.
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GED Testing Service ~ About 96% of U.S. employers accept the GED credential as equal to a traditional high school diploma. For more information, call 1-800-626-9433.
National Center for School Engagement ~ Resources on school attendance, attachment, and achievement.
National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities ~ Supports the national implementation of provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to provide successful school outcomes for students with disabilities.
National Dropout Prevention Centers ~ Research centers and resource networks to help meet the needs of youth in at-risk situations.
by Franklin P. Schargel, Tony Thacker,
John S. Bell
The authors believe that America's schools can improve and present examples of excellence -- educational leaders who firmly believe that all children can succeed, schools that effectively meet the needs of nontraditional learners, and educational communities that don't give up on students who are at risk of dropping out.
15 Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention ~ The basic core strategies are mentoring / tutoring, service learning, alternative schooling, and after-school opportunities.
Dropout Nation ~ The reasons why students drop out of school with special attention to Native American students.
Locating the Dropout Crisis (pdf) ~ Which high schools produce the nation's dropouts? Where are they located? Who attends them?
Numbers & Rates of Public High School Dropouts: School Year 2004–05 ~ Among the findings: There were 540,382 public school students who dropped out of grades 9–12 in school year 2004–05 in the 50 states. California, New York, and Texas had the highest number of grade 9–12 dropouts, with more than 43,000 dropouts each.
School Dropout Rates Add to Fiscal Burden ~ Not only are high school dropouts a cost to the economy - $320-$350 billion a year in lost wages, taxable income, health, welfare and incarceration costs, but a cost to themselves as well. Dropouts are not eligible for 90 percent of the jobs in our economy.
The Silent Epidemic: Perspectives of High School Dropouts (pdf) ~ A primary purpose of this report is to approach the dropout problem from a perspective that has not been much considered in past studies – that of the students themselves.
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