Why Students Drop Out of School: A Review of 25 Years of Research

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By Russell W. Rumberger and Sun Ah Lim University of California, Santa Barbara.

To address the dropout crisis requires a better understanding of why students drop out. Although dropouts themselves report a variety of reasons for leaving school, these reasons do not reveal the underlying causes, especially multiple factors in elementary or middle school that may influence students’ attitudes, behaviors, and performance in high school prior to dropping out.

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