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Document Number: 8146

Raise the Age, Lower the Dropout Rate? Considerations for Policymakers - The policy brief focuses on this question: Is there empirical evidence to support raising compulsory school attendance age to 18 as a way of reducing the dropout rate? After reviewing research and analysis of state policies the authors conclude that raising the age alone is not an effective strategy. The authors argue that states should focus energy and resources on developing policies and programs that have shown to be successful and recommend policies to consider. (Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, April 2009)...

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