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ERIC Number: ED532703
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
Closing the Gap: Keeping Students in School. The Achievement Gap: Keeping Students in School. Info Brief. Number 46
Nelson, Anne
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
The nation's dropout problem has been making national headlines with more and more frequency and more and more urgency. Although certainly not a new problem, the failure to earn a high school diploma is receiving heightened attention because the causes and effects of dropping out have changed significantly. No longer is a dropout simply a young person who could not make the grade, who left school because of pregnancy, or who quit school because of drug addiction. According to a recent study, data suggest that most dropouts are "students who could have, and believe they could have, succeeded in school" (Bridgeland, DiJulio, & Morison, 2006, iii). Of even more concern is the fact that positive life outcomes for dropouts have changed significantly with the advancement of the information age. In short, it is becoming less and less likely that hard work alone is sufficient to bring a dropout into the middle class. Lacking basic computing skills, dropouts qualify only for low-end jobs, often without benefits, that forever trap them in the category of "working poor." This issue of "Infobrief" is the third in a series designed to examine factors contributing to the achievement gap and to identify best practices and policy implications to help close that gap. The first issue provided an overview and definition of the achievement gap, the second explored the achievement gap in early childhood education, and this issue focuses on the dropout rate and a powerful tool to combat it: student engagement. [For the second info brief, "Closing the Gap: Early Childhood Education. The Achievement Gap: Early Childhood Education. Info Brief. Number 45," see ED532695.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development