According to Child Trends Data Bank, dropout rates have dramatically declined over 50% over the last decades, from 15% in 1972 to only 7% in 2010, but studies show there are still disparities in educational achievement by race and national origin.
Today, a high school diploma is a minimum requirement for most jobs and absolutely necessary to pursue a college education. Students who dropout will have fewer opportunities for employment because they will not possess the critical skills necessary to thrive in today’s work environment.
The Databank identifies numerous factors that contribute to students dropping out:
- high rates of absenteeism
- low levels of school engagement
- low parental education
- work or family responsibilities
- problematic or deviant behavior
- moving to a new school in the ninth grade
- attending a school with lower achievement score
Studies suggest that high school dropouts are more likely to live in poverty and commit criminal acts. Their lack of participation in the labor force also takes a large toll- “If the dropouts from the nation’s class of 2011 had graduated, the U.S. economy would benefit by about $154 billion dollars over their lifetimes.” (Child Trends, 2012)
For the full article, visit: http://www.childtrendsdatabank.org/?q=node/300.
Data Source: Child Trends (2012) High School Dropout Rates. Retrieved from www.childtrendsdatabank.org/alphalist?q=node/162.