New Drop-Out Prevention Strategies
Posted by on July 21, 2006
[posted from Public Education Network newsblast]
DROPOUT RATES HIGH, BUT FIXES UNDERWAY
They’re the kids who fall through the cracks, the ones who rarely get extra attention or tutoring — who, very often, disappear even from the statistics. But high school dropouts are getting increasing attention as groundbreaking studies show how alarming the problem is, reports Amanda Paulson. Nearly a third of high school students don’t graduate on time; among blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans, it’s almost half. Now, a new survey, suggests that the problem, while deep, can be fixed. Most students don’t drop out because they can’t do the work. Nearly 90 percent had passing grades when they left school, according to the survey of dropouts by Civic Enterprises. Their major reason for opting out? The classes were too boring.
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