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ERIC Number: ED509327
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Oregon's High School Dropouts: Examining the Economic and Social Costs
House, Emily Anne
Foundation for Educational Choice
This analysis presents the public costs of high school dropouts in Oregon. It examines how dropouts in the state dramatically impact state finances through reduced tax revenues, increased Medicaid costs, and high incarceration rates. This study describes how much high school dropouts cost Oregon's tax-payers each year, and how much could be saved by increasing the state's graduation rate. The educational attainment gap in Oregon, though seemingly small relative to other states, is still troubling. While 89 percent of white students earn high school diplomas, only 79 percent of African American students graduate. More concretely, African American students are twice as likely to drop out as white students. A single cohort (e.g., class year) of dropouts costs Oregon hundreds of millions of dollars each year. It is important to note that this analysis uses both the graduation rate and dropout rate when calculating the costs to the state when students do not complete high school. For the purposes of this analysis, graduation rate is defined as the percentage of students who complete high school in a given year, while the dropout rate refers to the percentage of students who withdraw from high school in a given year. (Contains 11 figures, 6 tables and 24 notes.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foundation for Educational Choice
Identifiers - Location: Oregon