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ERIC Number: ED507771
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 37
Reducing the High School Dropout Rate. KIDS COUNT Indicator Brief
Shore, Rima; Shore, Barbara
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Researchers use many different methods to calculate the high school dropout rate, and depending on the approach, the numbers can look very different. But, no matter which method is used, the key finding is the same: too many students are leaving school without the knowledge and skills they need to meet the demands of twenty-first century workplaces and communities. By any measure, the problem is particularly pressing in urban school districts, and most strongly affects students of color and males. Thus, this "KIDS COUNT Indicator Brief" outlines five broad strategies for reducing the dropout rate: (1) Adopt a long-term approach that begins with strengthening school readiness; (2) Enhance the holding power of schools, with an intensive focus on ninth grade; (3) Focus on the forces outside of school that contribute to dropping out; (4) Address the needs of those groups at highest risk of dropping out; and (5) Build on the skills and understanding of the adults who affect teens' motivation and ability to stay in school. (Contains 10 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation