ERIC Number: ED429362
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Study of the Dropout Rate in Secondary Schools: Recommendations for 1999. Report to the Colorado General Assembly. Research Publication No. 443.
Colorado State General Assembly, Denver. Legislative Council.
This report outlines strategies, developed by a state-legislative committee, for reducing the dropout rate in Colorado. The committee also investigated alternative methods of completing a high-school education program and ways of stressing the importance of education to Colorado youth. To gather information, testimonies provided by students, teachers, administrators, counselors, academic researchers, and Colorado Department of Education officials concerning the dropout problem were secured. Information was also gathered on teacher preparation and training, the truancy process, and research that examined at-risk youth and their needs. Based on findings, the committee recommended six bills for consideration in the 1999 legislative session: (1) end both educational clinics for public-school dropouts and the Second Chance Program for problem students; (2) require school districts to evaluate and determine whether a student has an emotional or communicative disorder; (3) raise the upper age for compulsory education from 16 to 17 years; (4) identify gifted students; (5) require the state board of education to adopt rules requiring better definitions of dropout and district transfers; and (6) implement three dropout-prevention strategies, such as mandating that each school include a dropout-prevention plan in its annual accountability plan. The full text for each bill, along with each bill's fiscal impact for the state and the district, is provided. (RJM)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State General Assembly, Denver. Legislative Council.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado