Big Idea - Student Retention

Student retention is a complex issue. Not all students are alike, nor are institutions. When 500 dropouts, ages 16-25, were interviewed in Delaware in 2006, they gave many reasons for leaving traditional academic settings:

Percent

Reason

69

Not motivated to work hard.

47

Classes were not interesting.

45

Entered high school not academically prepared.

43

Missed too many days to catch up.

35

Were failing.

32

Left to get a job.

25

Left to become parents.

22

Left to take care of a relative.

 Virtual high schools around the country are doing their best to provide alternatives for students who may be struggling in traditional environments.


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