Hundreds of people including the current President of the United States are trying hard to find the best solution to resolve the dropout issues of high school students in America. In 2001, the current President of the United States has approved a law for helping students in their learning process (Alliance for Excellent Education, 2007). Even Congressman Elijah Cummings (2007) of Maryland has been giving all his effort for the sake of saving dropouts, he said that “we must do all we can to assure that these (dropout) students stay in school, gain the skills they need, and graduate.
” He “…will be fighting to expand funding for several other federal programs that provide help to those who are in the front lines… to help young people graduate” (Cummings, 2007). Cummings’ purpose for saving dropouts has been continually done thru his participation on many campaigns for helping students stay in school. “The Silent Epidemic” organization made a “10-Point Plan” to be used as a guideline for helping students graduate.
“More than 100 organizations that represent a full range of educator and community stakeholders with disparate political stripes support these 10 action steps to reduce dropouts” (“The Silent Epidemic,” 2007). Below are the lists of the “10-Point Plan” (“The Silent Epidemic,” 2007) used: Support Accurate Graduation and Dropout Data Establish Early Warning Systems to Support Struggling Students Provide Adult Advocates and Student Support
Support Parent Engagement and Individualized Graduation Plans Establish a Rigorous College and Work Preparatory Curriculum for High School Graduation Provide Supportive Options for Struggling Students to Meet Rigorous Expectations Raise Compulsory School Age Requirements under State Laws Expand College Level Learning Opportunities in High School Focus the Research and Disseminate Best Practices Make Increasing High School Graduation and College and Workforce Readiness a National Priority
America’s dropout high school students are mostly categorized as ‘poor readers’ and this is why the Scholastic Inc (2002) made a research based reading intervention program to help poor readers to learn and cope easily (cited in Fleishman, n. d. ). The following statement is about the “READ 180:” “READ 180” addresses the needs of students of varying background and abilities through a multifaceted and comprehensive array of instructional components-including a combination of computer assisted learning, whole- and small-group teacher led instruction, and independent reading of high interest books (Fleishman, n.
d. , p. 6). The results’ observed (Table 4) for using “READ 180” showed that during the year 2000 (indicated as violet in color) – 2001 (indicated as yellow), student’s reading scores showed a gain of 3. 1 NCEs (Normal Curve Equivalent) compared with a decline of 6. 6 NCEs for students who were not involved in the “READ 180” program (Fleishman, n. d. ). “READ 180” showed a success for improving students’ skills in reading, which has been one of the causes for students to dropout of school.
The implications regarding high school dropouts in America are: First, people and nation must do their utmost effort to prevent students to dropout of school and help them to stay on schooling. Second, continues search and study for additional policies and practices which will suit for the changing modern environment of learners. And third, the will of a student to learn is the most important factor to prevent further dropouts in the future. From the student, to its family, community and the state, everyone is responsible for the prevention of this problem because everyone is also affected by it.