Dropout Risk Factors and Exemplary Programs

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Communities in Schools/National Center for Dropout Prevention

The evidence compiled in this study shows that dropping out of school is almost always a long process, as opposed to a single event, and can be correlated with a variety of risk factors involving individuals, families, schools and communities. Researchers found that the odds of successfully finding and intervening with at-risk students before they drop out increase when multiple factors are considered, including low socioeconomic status, low academic achievement, poor attendance and being too old for a grade.

The study provides information on 50 programs known to effectively provide at-risk students with the support they need to stay in school. Free. 282 pages. (703) 519-8999, http://www.cisnet.org/member/library/resources/downloads/Dropout_Risk_Factors_and_Exemplary_Programs_FINAL_5-16-07.pdf.