ERIC Number: ED474014
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
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The Cost of Dropping Out: The Economic Impact of Early School Leaving.
Australian researchers examined why, despite government efforts to provide an environment where all people could access education, training, and work, there has been little change in school retention and completion rates in recent years. Three studies included "Young Persons' Education, Training and Employment Outcomes with Special Reference to Early School Leavers,""Overview of Transition Programs: Policies and Programs," and "The Economy-Wide Benefits of Increasing the Proportion of Students Achieving Year 12 Equivalent Education: Modeling Results." About one-third of the 270,000 students who leave school each year leave before 12th grade, and one-third of those go into some other form of education and training. The 12th grade school completion rate has been about 67 percent for a decade. Unemployment is significantly higher 7 years after leaving school for those who leave in 9th versus 12th grade. Significant numbers of early school leavers do so because of dissatisfaction with the system, skill limitations, or inflexible courses. The trend of young people dropping out will result in lower employment rates, increased welfare payments, lower productivity, and lower tax revenue if action is not taken. Potential solutions include greater collaboration between governments, businesses, and communities; linking initial education with work or further training; and implementing an ongoing and systematic approach to identifying and assisting young people at risk of dropping out. (Includes 7 footnotes.) (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Dropout Rate, Dropouts, Economic Impact, Foreign Countries, Graduation, Outcomes of Education, Secondary Education, Transitional Programs, Unemployment
For full text, see: http://www.bca.com.au/content.asp?newsID=87400.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Australia