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Drop IN and Make Connections for School Success

Whether you are a classroom teacher, para-educator, principal, superintendent, guidance counselor, or any of the other educator positions found within a school system, you are well aware of the serious consequences of students dropping out of school.

Why do students drop out?

The decision to drop out is rarely the result of a single life event. A national survey of students who left school without graduating revealed that students experienced one or more of the following factors:

  • Thought classes were not interesting Teacher and Students
  • Said they were not motivated to work hard
  • Had to get a job and make money
  • Became a parent
  • Had to care for a family member
  • Were failing classes
  • Missed too many days of school and could not catch up
  • Felt that they entered high school poorly prepared by earlier schooling
  • Didn’t have school support that might have made a difference, such as tutoring or after school help
  • Repeated at least one grade
  • Had too much freedom in high school environment
  • Had parents who were not aware or only somewhat aware of their child’s grades or that they were about to drop out of school

                                                          -The Silent Epidemic: Perspectives of High School Dropouts

Between June 2009 and October 2009, over 500 youth shared their opinions about school and life through our online youth survey. Click here to see what young people in your area and around the state had to say.

Ways that you can Drop IN to be part of the solution:

Schools must challenge students to reach their highest potential and work with communities to provide them the resources to do so.  Here are the ways educators can improve educational outcomes for students:

  • Offer comprehensive support services to young people and their families, especially youth at risk of failure or dropping out (and those who have already dropped out). 
  • Engage the parents and let them know about your goals for their children.
  • Ensure that young people have safe places that promote their academic and social development when they are out of school.
  • Expand the integration of academic curriculum with community service by working with youth-serving organizations to provide service-learning opportunities to students during and after school.
  • Engage your students by making learning as fun and interesting as possible.
  • Take concrete actions to improve high school graduation, such as:
    • Develop and implement literacy plans for every school, district and state to improve the reading and writing skills of secondary school students
    • Create early-warning systems to identify students at risk of dropping out well before they exit the school system
    • Align high school graduation standards with college entrance requirements and employer expectations to ensure that curricula are rigorous and relevant and that students are successful in life after graduation
    • Provide all students, especially those at risk of dropping out, with Personal Graduation Plans and connect them with support needed to graduate

Click here for some of the resource links we recommend

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