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We have listened to our customers, and it is with great pleasure that I have the opportunity to announce: We’ve made significant product enhancements to our online learning solution, CompassLearning Odyssey. These new features will help teachers more efficiently assess students’ abilities, prescribe personalized learning paths, and create progress reports. We are also increasing our [...]
I’ve seen the statement made over the years several times: that the term “dropout” was not used prior to 1950. This implies that dropping out of school before graduation was seen as a normal course of events and that schools did not think it was necessary to do anything about it.
This may or may not be true, but what we can say with some certainty is that times have changed with respect to dropouts. The personal and societal effects of not finishing high school are well known: for individuals, lower incomes, fewer job opportunities, even shorter life expectancy. For society in general, lower productivity, lost wages, the higher cost of social service can be traced to dropouts. Each year, our nation loses $319 billion in potential earnings associated with the dropout crisis.
Yet we are still losing students at an alarming rate. According to the National Dropout Prevention Center/ Network, over the past quarter of a century the percentage of students who drop out of school each year has stayed about the same. And each school day, about 7,000 students decide to drop out of school — a total of 1.2 million students each year — and only about 70% of entering high school freshman graduate every year.