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Dropping Out

Why Students Drop Out of High School and What Can Be Done About It

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$40.50 • £32.95 • €36.50

ISBN 9780674062207

Publication Date: 10/15/2011


400 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

10 line illustrations, 10 tables


  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. The Varying Requirements and Pathways for Completing High School
    • The Conflicting Goals of High School
    • The Requirements for Completing High School
      • Diploma Requirements
      • Alternative Credentials
    • Alternative Pathways to High School Completion
      • Tracking
      • Segregation
      • Alternative Schools
      • Other Options
  • 3. The Nature and Extent of the Dropout Crisis
    • What Does It Mean to Drop Out of School?
      • The Difficulty of Identifying Dropouts
      • Student Mobility
      • Reenrollment
    • The Debate over Dropout and Graduation Rates
    • Measuring Dropout and Graduation Rates
      • Alternative Definitions
      • The Need for Accurate Data
      • Competing Measures
      • The Promise and Reality of Longitudinal Data
    • The Vast Differences in Dropout and Graduation Rates
      • Demographic Differences
      • Differences among Schools, Districts, and States
      • Trends in Dropout and Graduation Rates
      • International Comparisons
  • 4. The Individual Consequences of Dropping Out
    • Labor Market Outcomes
    • Crime
    • Family Formation
    • Health
    • Civic Engagement
    • Well-Being
    • Intergenerational Mobility
  • 5. The Social Consequences of Dropping Out
    • Consequences for the Economy
    • Consequences for the Larger Society
      • Crime
      • Welfare
      • Health
      • Civic Engagement
    • Total Economic Losses from Dropouts
  • 6. Understanding Why Students Drop Out
    • The Process of Dropping Out
      • Alternative Models of Dropping Out
      • The Role of Engagement
      • The Role of Context
      • A Conceptual Framework of the Dropout Process
    • The Reasons Students Report for Dropping Out
  • 7. Predictors of Dropping Out
    • Individual Predictors of Dropping Out
      • Educational Performance
      • Behaviors
      • Attitudes
      • Background
      • Combining Factors
    • Institutional Predictors of Dropping Out
      • Families
      • Schools
      • Communities
    • Explaining Racial and Ethnic Differences in Dropout Rates
  • 8. Learning from Past Efforts to Solve the Dropout Crisis
    • Alternative Approaches to Improving Dropout and Graduation Rates
      • Targeted Approaches
      • Comprehensive Approaches
      • Systemic Approaches
    • What Works?
      • Judging Scientific Evidence
      • Identifying Effective Strategies
      • Early Interventions
      • Systemic Interventions
      • Costs and Benefits
    • What Have We Learned from Large-Scale Reform Efforts?
      • High School Graduation Initiative
      • Comprehensive School Reform (CSR) Program
      • California’s High Priority Schools Grant Program
      • New American Schools
      • Gates High School Grants Initiative
      • New Futures
      • New York City’s Small School Initiative
      • Lessons Learned
      • Implications
  • 9. What Should Be Done to Solve the Dropout Crisis
    • Current Efforts
      • National
      • State
      • Local
      • Are Current Efforts Enough?
    • Moving Beyond Current Efforts
      • Redefining High School Success
      • Changing Accountability Systems to Provide Incentives to Educate All Students
      • Building Capacity of the Educational System
      • Desegregating Schools
      • Strengthening Families and Communities
  • Notes
  • Index

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