ERIC Number: ED306642
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Students At Risk: Problems and Solutions. AASA Critical Issues Report.
Brodinsky, Ben; Keough, Katherine E.
The 1987 American Association of School Administrators survey on students at risk reported that school districts and administrators are alarmed about increasing dropout rates and are taking action to stem this tide. This report analyzes the problems of at-risk youth and recounts ameliorative efforts throughout the United States. Section A reviews various forces placing students at risk. Societal forces include poverty, the hardships accompanying minority status, and the weakening of home influence. Forces originating with schools include the troubled curriculum, inappropriate academic standards, and the insensitive school atmosphere. Section B describes private- and public-sector efforts to work with schools to help high risk students complete their education and enjoy better employment prospects. Section C explains how to identify at-risk students, outlines holistic approaches, and describes model programs addressing specific school and youth issues, such as teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, and suicide. This section closes by detailing four main approaches to deal with at-risk youth: alternative curriculum, counseling, tutorials, and work-related business partnerships. Appendix A reviews the Committee on Economic Development's "Children in Need" report. Appendix B describes Project Literacy U.S., while Appendices C and D provide a statement and comments on at-risk youth from the Forum of Educational Organization Leaders. Three other appendices concerning international policies, child abuse prevention, and developing an at-risk policy are included. (MLH)
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Dropout Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Labor Force Development, Prevention, School Business Relationship
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.