ERIC Number: ED292927
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr-1
The Educational Attainment of Select Groups of "At Risk": Children and Youth.
Stedman, James B.
This paper focuses on three groups of children and youth who appear to be at risk for depressed educational attainment. The groups are those from single parent families, those from persistently poor families, and those who give birth during their teenage years. A significant number of the country's children and youth are from these groups. School policies and practices play a significant role in the educational attainment process for them, as do the expectations that school personnel have for these students and others and the ways that schools interact with the parents of these students. Family income is another important factor. A key finding is that there is no single cause of depressed educational attainment for any of the three groups in question. Some policy implications of these findings are the following: (1) programs should be developed that respond to a combination of the contributing factors, such as remedial instruction for both students and parents; (2) policies and programs should attempt to reduce income factors associated with low educational attainment; (3) programs should have research functions built into them for longitudinal studies; (4) policies should be flexible, taking into account the dynamic nature of the target population; and (5) policies must strengthen the interaction between these groups and the schools. (VM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Congressional Research Service.