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ERIC Number: ED305205
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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)
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
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.