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High School Drop-Out Prevention

Page history last edited by Robert Hackett 6 years, 10 months ago

Goal Statement

  • To maximize the number of students who obtain a high school diploma or its equivalent


Policy Options / Model Programs

  • President Bush has been working with congress on additional legislation such as the Teacher Incentive Fund that allows States and school districts to reward teachers who demonstrate results for their students and who make the tough decision to teach in the neediest schools. Bush is also working on a proposed new program to encourage math and science professionals to bring their expertise into the classroom as part-time teachers. The President calls on Congress to fund this program.   
  • Many states are implementing programs that will take teenagers licenses from them if they drop out of High School before they turn 18. These states believe if a student drops out looses their licenses then it will motivate them to go back to school. So far it has been working, but unfortunately many students decide to just drop out when they are 18.
  • Many states are also adding legislature that increases the age of consent to drop out from 16 to 18. This helps solve the problem in the short run, but many students inevitably still drop out after they turn 18
  • The National Educator’s Association has proposed a 12 Dropout Action Steps Program.
  • Other ideas to explore:
    • Year Round Schools
    • Childcare in schools
    • Alternative schools/learning
    • Afterschool Programming


Local/State/National Information 


Glossary of Terms

  • High School drop out rate: A student that leaves for any reason before graduation without transferring to another secondary school. This is any student who is not accounted for on the 20th day of school. This excludes students who are expelled from school, missing school for a serious illness, or if they have left the country. A student is considered a drop-out, however, if they transfer from a secondary school to an institution of higher education such as a community college.
  • Educational Reform
  • Educational Legislation and Budget
  • No Child Left Behind act
  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act
  • GED 
  • RetentionSocial Promotion
  • Socioeconomic
  • Charter Schools
  • Freedom Schools
  • Student Success
  • Vouchers



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