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Title: Hidden Youth: Dropouts From Special Education
Author(s): D L MacMillan
Corporate Author: Council for Exceptional Children
United States of America
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 44
Sponsoring Agency: Council for Exceptional Children
Reston, VA 22091
Gang Intelligence Strategy Committee
Grant Number: H023C80072
Publication Number: ISBN 0-86586-211-7
Sale Source: Council for Exceptional Children
1920 Association Drive
Reston, VA 22091
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This booklet presents information on the effectiveness of programs designed to prevent children from dropping out of school.
Abstract: Dropout rates are used by some experts as educational indicators of quality and to gauge the holding power of special education programs. Despite the difficulty in comparing data from different agencies, the evidence suggests higher dropout rates for children with mild disabilities, particularly learning and emotional handicaps. The authors suggest that teachers and administrators should be familiar with characteristics of students and of schools that place children at risk of dropping out. Efforts to reduce the number of students require the establishment of reliable and valid estimates of the magnitude of the problem. Dropout prevention programs must consider the reasons students leave, which are not necessarily the same as those factors that predict early school leaving. 5 tables and 43 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Juvenile drug use; School dropouts; Victims of Crime
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