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Document Number: 6125

One-Third of a Nation: Rising Dropout Rates and Declining Opportunities - The author examines the varying reports of high school graduation/completion rates in the 50 states and the change in completion rates from 1990 to 2000. The report also considers the factors – including socioeconomic characteristics, two-parent families and not changing schools – that appear to play a role in a student’s choice to finish high school, and the actual and predicted high school completion rates based on these factors. The author likewise provides profiles of dropout prevention and second-chance programs, points to the dearth of guidance counselors in schools where they’re needed most and analyzes the employment status and earning power of dropouts, both historically and today. According to the report, the high school completion rate dropped from 1990 to 2000 in all but seven states, and declined by eight or more percentage points in 10 states. (Paul E. Barton, Educational Testing Service, 2005)...

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At-Risk (incl. Dropout Prevention)
High School

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