ERIC Number: ED296448
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov-1
Reference Count: N/A
Hartford Community Plan for Dropout Reduction.
Hartford Public Schools, CT.
Whereas the nationwide dropout rate is 27 percent, in Hartford, Connecticut, 39 percent of high school students do not graduate. This factor limits residents' employability in the city's expanding economy. The problem is especially serious among Hispanic students, who comprise 39 percent of Hartford's high school population and account for 47 percent of the dropout group. To address this crisis, the Hartford Board of Education organized representatives of city and state agencies, business, the community, parents, students, and school staff to create the committee whose dropout prevention plan is discussed in this paper. Through bilingual surveys and interviews with recent dropouts, supplemented by former students' files, the committee determined the most common reasons for dropping out: the need for employment or helping out at home, boredom, poor academic progress, and pregnancy. After determining 15 risk factors, the committee developed a screening process requiring that students displaying 2 or more of these factors be closely observed and possibly targeted for specific dropout prevention services. The plan established five objectives: to reduce the annual dropout rate from 11 to 6 percent, to improve potential dropouts' academic performance and self-esteem, to establish a referral mechanism, to continue research into dropout causes and prevention, and to establish an implementation committee. The program will build on existing school system resources and community-based services. The budget will be $1,581,339. Included are 15 exhibits, appendices containing the survey instrument, a list of special responses, and student referral forms, and 14 references. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Hartford Public Schools, CT.