FOCUS: Ideas that Work: Focus on Why Students Drop Out and the Early Warning Signs

As part of CET’s special series for American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, we’ll take a closer look at just why students drop out – the risk factors, and the early warning signs.


Researchers and students themselves agree on many of the reasons why students drop out of high school. Boredom, poor early academic preparation, and a gulf between school and family life are three causes that come up frequently. Some student groups are markedly more at risk than others: African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, foreign-born students and students with disabilities are all more likely than their peers to leave school.


Teachers and school administrators around the country, and in Cincinnati, have learned to look for the early warning signs of dropping out well before a student enters high school.


On this episode of Focus, Kathy Lehr talks with three leaders about their efforts to find students who are considering dropping out and what outreach they offer that could help these students change their minds.


{Source: American Graduate press release}



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