The following links provide some basic information to describe the high school dropout problem in Massachusetts and nationally.
The consequences of not graduating from high school are clearly stated in Northeastern University Center for Labor Market Studies' 2007 report, State and Local Fiscal Consequences of High School Dropout Problems in Massachusetts . Adults in Massachusetts that leave high school prior to earning a high school diploma are employed less often and earn far less than their peers that graduate from high school. For example, high school dropouts can expect to earn about $500,000 less over the course of their lifetime than high school graduates.
Dropping out of school has serious consequences for students, their families. Students who decided to drop out of school face social stigma, fewer job opportunities, lower salaries, and higher probability of involvement with the criminal justice system.
Barton, P.E. (2005). One-third of a nation: Risking dropout rates & declining opportunities. Princeton, NJ: Policy Information Center, Educational Testing Service, p. 5.
Sum, Andrew et al. (2002). Left behind in the labor market: labor market problems of the Nation's out-of-school, young adult populations. Chicago, IL: Alternative Schools Network.
Adair, V.C. (2001). Poverty and the (broken) promise of education. Harvard Educational Review, 71(2), pp. 217-239.
Last Updated: July 21, 2009
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