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Risk Factors, Students

In schools, students who are deemed to be “at risk” have been identified as having a high probability of dropping out of school or of low academic performance. The term at risk as it relates to students came into popular use after a series of reports following the 1983 report A Nation at Risk, in which students were seen as being “at risk” of low performance, failure, and dropping out. Across the United States, many factors have been nominated and tested to predict academic failure, with many states using multiple predictors of at-risk status to identify students who may need additional support. Unfortunately, the majority of factors used to predict at-risk status are based almost exclusively on indicators of poverty and social and economic privilege. ...

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