its underperformance, you might think that the high school dropout rate would be a cause for concern. The disparity between annual federal spending on students and inmates is staggering: the national average for educating a student is 12,643 per year while the annual state average cost to house an inmate is more than double that amount, at 28,323. Potentially feeding that number is the fact that young women who give up on high school are nine times more likely to be, or become, young single mothers. As research by the Alliance for Excellent Education has found, high school dropouts also influence a communitys economic, social, and civic health. One big problem with the nces dropout calculations are that they imply that a high school diploma and.E.D. Men and women drop out at around equal rates. However, one thing is certainin most demographics, fewer and fewer students are dropping out.
The Statistical Futures of High School Dropouts
Even when employed, high school dropouts earn about 8,000 a year less than high school graduates and approximately 26,500 a year less than college graduates, based on calculations by the second Industrial Revolution Alliance for Excellent Education. Instead of an education system that ensures that every child is a high school graduate prepared for college and success in life, the nation will be left with middle and high schools that typify the old adage, You get what you pay for. Some behaviors that are often characteristic in dropouts include being retained from advancing a grade level with peers, relocating during the high school years and the general feeling of being left out or alienated by peers or adults at the school. What is the high school dropout rate in the.S? K-12 progress, the dropout rate should be barely worth mentioning.
Patricia Highsmith, The Schools of Criminology,