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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 Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader 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.

Vol. 27, Issue 12, Page 5

Published in Print: November 14, 2007, as Dropout Prevention

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