ERIC Number: ED328781
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-May
An Investigation of Education Options for Youth-at-Risk, Ages 9 to 15: Demographics, Legislation, and Model Programs. Research Report No. 88-10.
Winters, Karen C.; And Others
This paper is one component of a collaborative research project being conducted by the National Commission for Employment Policy to explore the education, training, and employment issues that affect at-risk youth, aged 9-15 years old. The paper begins with a description of the dropout problem in the United States, noting that although the dropout rate has remained steady at about 25 percent for the past 3 decades, the dropout rate has become a problem recently because of the increase in high technology jobs and a need for people with more skills in the labor force. The paper focuses on dropouts first because of the relatively higher incidence of unemployment among high school dropouts as compared with high school graduates. Next comes a discussion of how to identify at-risk students still in school and how to develop programs that meet the needs of these special populations. The paper then outlines the educational legislation that pertains to the needs of the groups, with a particular interest in whether the legislation reaches youth at risk, aged 9-15. The Education Consolidation and Improvement Act is reviewed. Finally, the paper evaluates model programs to identify local efforts to meet the needs of these at-risk youth. Examples show what has been tried and what has been successful. The report concludes with recommendations for programs and legislation to benefit the at-risk group. The document includes 149 references and appendices detailing limitations of the survey of Chapter I coordinators and providing descriptions of model programs. (KC)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Definitions, Dropout Prevention, Dropouts, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Educationally Disadvantaged, Federal Legislation, High Risk Students, Intermediate Grades, Models, Policy Formation, Preadolescents, Program Implementation, Public Policy, School Role, Secondary Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Commission for Employment Policy (DOL), Washington, DC.