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June 25, 2006

Choices for "At-Risk" Students

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Experienced educators know that students do not want to drop out of school. Itís just that the usual one-size-fits-all program doesnít work for all. Youth need options. A new report by Jobs For the Future,, Making Good on a Promise: What Policymakers Can Do to Support the Educational Persistence of Dropouts, challenges conventional thinking, finding that:
-Dropouts come from all income brackets but disproportionately from poverty.
-Middle and upper income Black and Hispanic students have similar dropout rates as White students.
-Most dropouts are motivated and return to an alternative program to graduate.
-Half of the dropouts who graduate or attain a GED enroll in further education.
-Only 10% of these graduate.

Bottom line: Provide choices, individualize and personalize education. Students want to learn and graduate.

A very useful instrument for assessing employability is the SCANS Skills Assessment by Jobs For Youth.

Posted by Wayne Jennings at June 25, 2006 04:08 PM


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