One-third of a nation: rising dropout rates and declining opportunities


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Author: Barton, Paul E.

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Educational Testing Service. Policy Information Center (U.S.) (PIC)


This report documents high and rising high school dropout rates, declining investments in second-chance programs, and deteriorating opportunities for dropouts in the job market. About a third of students in the US do not graduate after four years of high school. The report highlights that this situation has worsened in most parts of the country over the last decade, and examines the factors in students’ lives that are closely associated with dropping out of school. The author identifies several approaches to increasing student retention that have proven successful. Opportunities for...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Employment; Governance; Providers of education and training; Secondary education; Students; Participation; Teaching and learning

Keywords: Employability; Dropout; Government role; Secondary school; Student retention; Education and training needs

Geographic subjects: North America; United States

Published: Princeton, New Jersey: Educational Testing Service, 2005

Physical description: 46 p.

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Statement of responsibility: [Paul E. Barton]

Resource type: Report

Document number: TD/TNC 86.286

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