ERIC Number: ED451269
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reducing Dropout Rates. Educational Benchmark 2000 Series.
Creech, Joseph D.
This report describes and compares different methods used to calculate and report dropout rates; discusses advantages and disadvantages of each method; explains what is known about dropout students; and outlines actions states are taking to reduce dropout rates. Data are presented on whether dropout rates are lower now than in the 1980s in Southern Regional Education Board states and on dropout rates by state: percentage of ninth graders who do not graduate within 5 years; percentage of 9th-12th graders who leave school without a diploma each year; percentage of 9th graders not enrolled in 12th grade 4 years later; percentage of teens who are not high school graduates and not enrolled in school; and percentage of young adults who complete high school. The paper also examines who drops out in terms of race/ethnicity and gender and why and state actions to reduce further dropout rates. These practices include: establishing comprehensive plans, holding schools accountable for dropout rates, providing assistance to local schools and districts, establishing policies encouraging school attendance and completion, and establishing dropout recovery programs. The final section discusses strategies that work (e.g., identify students at risk early and provide interventions, prepare students for school transitions, and involve parents). (SM)
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Rate, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Educational Policy, Secondary Education, State Programs, Student Attrition
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318 ($2.50 handling fee). Tel: 404-875-9211; Web site: http://www.sreb.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.