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ERIC Number: ED594027
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Falling through the Cracks: Graduation and Dropout Rates among Michigan's Homeless High School Students. Analysis
Erb-Downward, Jennifer, Comp.
Poverty Solutions, University of Michigan
In compliance with new regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the State of Michigan recently released graduation, dropout and attendance rate data for homeless students for school years 2012-13 through 2016-17. This policy brief examines the state's newly available public education graduation and dropout data and finds dramatic disparities between homeless students and their low-income and non-low income peers. Across every available comparison group homeless high school students had worse educational outcomes. Given recent data that has shown student homelessness to be a statewide issue affecting rural, suburban and urban communities alike, this finding highlights the need for greater focus on a previously invisible but highly vulnerable group of students. Data for this brief are for public school students, including charters, and come from the Michigan Department of Education and the Center for Educational Performance and Information.
Poverty Solutions, University of Michigan. Joan and Sanford Weill Hall Suite 5100, 735 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Michigan, Poverty Solutions
Identifiers - Location: Michigan
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Every Student Succeeds Act 2015