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ERIC Number: ED507637
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct-28
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Reducing Dropout Rates through Expanded Learning Opportunities. Issue Brief
Harris, Laura; Princiotta, Daniel
NGA Center for Best Practices
Expanded learning opportunities (ELOs), which include afterschool, summer learning, and extended day and extended year programs, can help states reduce dropout rates and increase graduation rates. Effective elementary, middle, and high school ELOs support academic rigor, boost student engagement, and provide students with supportive relationships. High-quality ELOs can also help combat the effects of poverty on students' academic achievement by providing programs and services including tutoring, homework help, life skills and job training, and enrichment opportunities in music, sports, and the arts. Expanding access to high-quality ELOs can be a key state strategy to stem the tide of students leaving school before graduation. This issue brief offers strategies that ensure ELOs are an effective part of a state's larger dropout prevention strategy. Governors who pursue these strategies as part of an ambitious dropout prevention agenda can expect to see not only fewer high school dropouts, but also more engaged students who are better prepared for work and life beyond school. (Contains 63 notes.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Governors Association, Center for Best Practices