Document Number: 6929The Silent Epidemic: Perspectives of High School Dropouts - This study, based on the findings of focus groups and surveys of high school dropouts age 16-25, reports the reasons these young people gave for dropping out of high school and proposes ways states might help at-risk students stay in school. Contrary to popular belief, nearly nine in 10 of the dropouts had passing grades, and 62% had "C's and above." Two-thirds said they would have worked harder had expectations been higher. The most common reason participants gave for dropping out (47%) was that classes were not interesting. Participants noted supports that would have helped them stay in school. (John M. Bridgeland, John J. DiIulio, Jr. and Karen Burke Morison, Civic Enterprises, for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, March 2006)...
Related IssuesAt-Risk (incl. Dropout Prevention)