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ERIC Number: ED546839
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Preventing Dropouts: The Important Role of Afterschool. Afterschool Alert. Issue Brief No. 60
Afterschool Alliance
Over the last decade, high school dropout rates have declined to single digits nationally. However, the U.S. only ranks 22nd in high school graduation rates and 14th in college attainment among industrialized countries. Furthermore, graduation gaps persist among students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and minority racial groups. Reducing dropout rates is not merely a moral imperative, more than half a century after the passage of "Brown vs. Board of Education," but an economic necessity. Dropping out of school dramatically affects a young person's future, which in turn has a significant economic impact on our nation, including affecting the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) through diminished personal earnings, spending and savings; the cost of juvenile and adult crime; and health care costs such as Medicaid and Medicare. Addressing the dropout issue is critical if we want to encourage a culture of lifelong learning, ensure all young people are given the tools and skills they need to thrive, and help the country remain competitive in the 21st century. A growing body of research helps identify the dropout risk factors and the students who are likely to drop out. Afterschool programs are a proven intervention strategy to address these risk factors and provide the necessary supports to students who are struggling. Studies, both qualitative and quantitative, demonstrate the ability of afterschool programs to help stem the tide of dropouts. This brief offers evidence of afterschool programs' effectiveness in addressing the dropout issue and makes the case for greater investment in afterschool programs. [This issue brief was written with the assistance of Usha Chidamber.]
Afterschool Alliance. 1616 H Street NW Suite 820, Washington, DC 20006. Tel: 202-347-1002; Fax: 202-347-2092; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Afterschool Alliance