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Dropping Out of High School: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Remediation Strategies

Burrus, Jeremy; Roberts, Richard D.
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R&D Connections, n18, Feb, 2012
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Dropout Dropout Factories Dropping Out Economic Consequences Graduation Rates Social Consequences Theory of Planned Behavior Workforce Readiness


The article discusses the high school dropping out phenomena in the United States. The authors estimate that the number of 16- to 24-year-old dropouts in the United States may exceed 4 million at any one time. They discuss the social and economic consequences for the affected individuals and for society at large. They state that it is possible to identify the great majority of students on track to drop out and the schools most likely to produce dropouts. Research indicates that the dropout problem can be ameliorated, assuming that there is a political will to do it. This is the 18th edition in the R&D Connections series.

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