Why Kids Drop Out of High School

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Why Kids Drop Out of High School The high school drop out rate has been called a national crisis. Nearly one-third of all public high school students leave the system before graduating (Swanson 2004) and the problem is more severe among students of color and students with disabilities. (Greene &Winters 2005) Every year, over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States. That’s a student every 26 seconds or 7,000 per day. (dosomething.org) Dropping out of high school is an issue facing many teens today. There are many reasons teens drop out of high school but the decision is rarely spur of the moment. Many high school students drop out after a long process of disengagement and academic struggles. Male student’s drop out rate is higher then female and also there is a greater Hispanic drop out rate over whites and blacks. Even though the drop out rate has been decreasing annual the dropout rate is still too high at 7% in 2011. (nces.ed.gov/fastfacts.com) While there are many reasons for dropping out of high school there are some factors that I have found to be more apparent in the high school drop out. Several decades worth of studies have documented that dropouts are more likely to be poor, minority, and male and also come from a single parent family. However students who have those characteristics are more likely to drop out but it is educational reasons over personal reasons that pose the more realistic reason why students drop out of high school. Students with poor academic performance and educational disengagement prove to be the main reason students drop out of high school. Students who have falling grades, low test scores, and who fall behind in course credits, and who are held back one or more times are more likely not to graduate from high school. Statistics show that when students fail

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