ERIC Number: ED305205
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
Dropout Prevention. The ECS Survey of State Initiatives for Youth at Risk.
Isenhart, Lucie; Bechard, Sue
The Education Commission of the States' (ECS) survey of state initiatives for at-risk youth was conducted during 1987. The goal was to identify programs and planning efforts in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the 3 ECS member territories addressing needs of at-risk youth from preschool through high school. Descriptions of over 650 programs, task forces, and other state initiatives for at-risk youth were collected. The survey identified 190 programs directly related to dropout prevention in 46 states. Most of these programs have been implemented since 1983; others were finalized and implemented in 1986. States are responding to the school dropout problem by either adding programs tailored to specific problems, needs, and community resources; or systematically changing the way services are provided. The strategies states choose to respond to the problem reflect two points of view: either the child is viewed as deficient or the system is viewed as deficient. The first point of view results in a safety net design while the second results in attempts to build flexible broad-based programs. Ten strategies appear frequently: (1) definition and identification; (2) networks; (3) academic support; (4) special curricula; (5) incentives and rewards; (6) counseling; (7) school policy changes; (8) alternative schools; (9) restructuring; and (10) comprehensive state plans. Typically a state employs 5 of these 10 strategies. Outlines of each strategy and the states that use it are included, as are issues and questions emerging from the survey. (ALL)
Descriptors: Dropout Prevention, Dropout Programs, Dropouts, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Potential Dropouts, School Surveys
ECS Distribution Center, 1860 Lincoln Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80295 ($2.00; six for $10.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.