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ERIC Number: ED506799
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
High School Dropouts in America. Fact Sheet
Alliance for Excellent Education
Over a million of the students who enter ninth grade each fall fail to graduate with their peers four years later. In fact, about seven thousand students drop out every school day. Perhaps this statistic was acceptable fifty years ago, but the era in which a high school dropout could earn a living wage has ended in the United States. Dropouts significantly diminish their chances to secure a good job and a promising future. Moreover, not only do the individuals themselves suffer, but each class of dropouts is responsible for substantial financial and social costs to the communities, states, and country in which they live. Although graduation rates are a fundamental indicator of how schools are ultimately performing, only recently have those rates been rigorously scrutinized and the extent of the crisis in America's high school been revealed. For decades, schools and districts published misleading or inaccurate graduation rates, and as a result, the American public knew little of the scope and gravity of the problems faced by far too many of the nation's high schools. Reputable, independent research has exposed alarmingly low graduation rates that were previously hidden behind inaccurate calculations and inadequate data. This report offers available data on the following questions: (1) Who is dropping out?; (2) Where are students dropping out?; (3) Why do students drop out?; and (4) What are the costs of dropping out of high school? (Contains 17 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alliance for Excellent Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: United States