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ERIC Number: ED512134
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Dropout Prevention. The Progress of Education Reform, 2007. Volume 8, Number 1
Dounay, Jennifer
Education Commission of the States (NJ3)
Improving high school graduation rates has in recent years become a growing concern to state and local policymakers for a number of reasons: the reduced economic opportunities and increased social costs for individuals without a high school diploma; the economic consequences, such as reduced tax revenues; and the need for more college graduates. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has projected, for example, that 90% of the fastest-growing jobs will require some form of postsecondary education--not a likely proposition for high school dropouts. This issue of "The Progress of Education Reform" summarizes the findings of five recent studies that address: (1) Early predictors for dropping out of school; (2) 9th-grade predictors of risk in an urban environment; (3) School characteristics linked to higher graduation rates; (4) Economic benefits of several programs that positively influence high school completion rates; and (5) A synthesis of the research on dropping out and the importance of state data systems to support dropout prevention efforts. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 9; High Schools
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: GE Fund
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States