Why Students Drop Out

Azzam, Amy M.
April 2007
Educational Leadership;Apr2007, Vol. 64 Issue 7, p91
The article reports on a study of high school dropouts in the United States, as of 2007. According to the study, the top five reasons that students drop out are boredom, inability to catch up due to missed days, influence of others who are not interested in school, more freedom than rules in their lives, and academic failure. Of the students surveyed, 70 percent believe they could have graduated if they had tried. The students listed actions they believe would help others stay in school, including use of experiential learning and connections between school and work, additional support for struggling learners, greater supervision at school and improved school climate, making sure students have an adult to rely on, and improved communication between parents and schools.


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