Approaches to Dropout Prevention: Heeding Early Warning Signs With Appropriate Interventions
Students who are at risk for dropping out of high school can be identified as early as 6th grade by key warning signs such as low attendance, little classroom participation, and poor grades in core subjects, says a report by the National High School Center, a division of the Washington-based American Institutes for Research, a nonprofit organization that conducts research on social and behavioral sciences.
The study also found that 8th graders who fail English or mathematics have a 75 percent chance of dropping out of high school, and it recommends that schools adopt electronic data systems to track students over time.
The data for this report was gathered from studies from multiple nonprofit, academic, and governmental agencies.
A version of this article appeared in the November 14, 2007 edition of Education Week