High School Dropout Prevention

2009-01-27

Ed.gov defines a high school dropout as follows: "Gaustad (1991) reports that the definition of a dropout varies widely, with different states, districts, and even schools within districts using the term differently. For example, some districts may not include students who drop out over the summer, or who leave school to get married, while others do include them in the dropout total. In addition, some districts may keep more complete records than others. For example, some districts follow up on students who do not return after the summer to determine whether or not they are enrolled in other schools, while other districts do not. Other variations may include whether or not certain types of non-traditional students (i.e., those who leave regular high school before graduation to enter correctional institutions, enroll in GED programs, or enter college) are counted as dropouts until they have completed an equivalency program (McMillen et. al., 1994)."

Students may drop out of high school for a variety of reasons. Some of the which may be substance abuse, alcohol, failing grades, broken families, or high expectations placed on them.

Many of the troubled teen programs work with teens who are failing or struggling with school. Many schools offer accelerated learning through accredited schools to help teenagers catch back up in school.


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