• Be Cool, Stay in School!

     

    Highlights:

     

    v  Dropping out is more of a process than an event—a process that, for some students, begins in early elementary school.

     

    v  Poor academic achievement, as early as elementary school, is one of the strongest predictors of dropping out.

     

    v  Preschool improves school readiness and early school success, positively affecting student outcomes, including high school completion.

     

    v  Grades are more consistent than test scores in predicting which students will leave school without graduating.

     

    v  Several behaviors both in and out of school—including absenteeism, delinquency, and substance abuse—are strong indicators of dropping out.

     

    v  A stable home environment and access to social and financial resources strongly influence the likelihood that a student will graduate.