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Dropout Prevention. The ECS Survey of State Initiatives for Youth at Risk [microform] / Lucie Isenhart and Sue Bechard
Bib ID 5502322
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Isenhart, Lucie
Online Versions
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1987 
13 p. 

The Education Commission of the States' (ECS) survey of state initiatives for at-risk youth was conducted during 1987. The goal was to identify programs and planning efforts in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the 3 ECS member territories addressing needs of at-risk youth from preschool through high school. Descriptions of over 650 programs, task forces, and other state initiatives for at-risk youth were collected. The survey identified 190 programs directly related to dropout prevention in 46 states. Most of these programs have been implemented since 1983; others were finalized and implemented in 1986. States are responding to the school dropout problem by either adding programs tailored to specific problems, needs, and community resources; or systematically changing the way services are provided. The strategies states choose to respond to the problem reflect two points of view: either the child is viewed as deficient or the system is viewed as deficient. The first point of view results in a safety net design while the second results in attempts to build flexible broad-based programs. Ten strategies appear frequently: (1) definition and identification; (2) networks; (3) academic support; (4) special curricula; (5) incentives and rewards; (6) counseling; (7) school policy changes; (8) alternative schools; (9) restructuring; and (10) comprehensive state plans. Typically a state employs 5 of these 10 strategies. Outlines of each strategy and the states that use it are included, as are issues and questions emerging from the survey. (ALL)


Availability: ECS Distribution Center, 1860 Lincoln Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80295 ($2.00; six for $10.00).

Sponsoring Agency: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Dropout Prevention.  |  Dropout Programs.  |  Dropouts.  |  Educational Innovation.  |  Elementary Secondary Education.  |  High Risk Students.  |  Potential Dropouts.  |  School Surveys.
Form/genre Reports, Research.
Other authors/contributors Bechard, Sue, author  |  Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO
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