Although the national dropout rate has declined since the 1970s and remained stable over the past several years, the issue of high school dropouts is still a significant concern for educators and policy makers alike. Concern remains high because students who drop out of school today are entering a more hostile and less supportive society than did students a quarter of a century ago. They face a workplace that puts an ever-increasing emphasis on education, a competitive (and highly skilled) job market, and a culture that considers a high school diploma a necessity for a successful life.

Calculating Dropout Rates

Accurately estimating dropout rates is difficult for three reasons. One source of confusion is the definition of dropout used. In order to track students, school districts develop ...

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