We know that half of the 500,000 kids who drop out of school every year come from just 12 percent of the nation’s high schools or 1,700 “dropout factories.” A comprehensive study from Johns Hopkins University found that students who are most at risk of dropping out of school can be identified as early as middle school through key indicators – poor attendance, unsatisfactory behavior and course failure in math and English.  When one of these off-track indicators is exhibited by a child as early as the 6th grade, students have a 10%-20% likelihood of graduating from high school.

Research on America’s high school dropout crisis:

Testimony for the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Education and the Workforce, hearing on the Student Success Act and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act, “Re-Authorizing ESEA: The Need for Federal Guideposts, Guardrails, and Catalysts
by Robert Balfanz
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On Track for Success: The Use of Early Warning Indicator and Intervention Systems to Build a Grad Nation
by Robert Balfanz, Mary Bruce, John M. Bridgeland, Joanna Hornig Fox

“Doing More with Less: Case Studies on the Impact of National Service”
by Stella Tran, Katie Theriault, Kelley Kreitz, Andrew Wolk

Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic
by Robert Balfanz, John B. Bridgeland, Joanna Hornig Fox, Laura A. Moore

“What Your Community Can Do to End its Dropout Crisis: Learnings from Research and Practice”
by Robert Balfanz, Johns Hopkins University

“Graduating America: Meeting the Challenge of Low Graduation-Rate High Schools”
by Robert Balfanz, Cheryl Almeida, Adria Steinberg, Janet Santos and Joanna Hornig Fox

“Beyond the Indicators: An Integrated School-Level Approach to Dropout Prevention”
by Martha Abele Mac Iver and Douglas Mac Iver

“Locating the Dropout Crisis: Which High Schools Produce the Nation’s Dropouts? Where Are They Located? Who Attends Them?”
by Robert Balfanz and Nettie Legters, Johns Hopkins University