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Targeting Investments in ChildrenFighting Poverty When Resources Are Limited$
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Phillip B. Levine and David J. Zimmerman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226475813

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226475837.001.0001

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Dropout Prevention and College Prep

Dropout Prevention and College Prep

(p.249) 9 Dropout Prevention and College Prep
Targeting Investments in Children

Bridget Terry Long

University of Chicago Press

The benefits of education are substantial in terms of both monetary and nonmonetary returns. Investments in high school dropout prevention and college preparatory programs could greatly reduce poverty by addressing these major leaks in the educational pipeline. This chapter reviews high school dropout prevention and college preparatory programs with the goal of summarizing the available research. It continues by giving additional background on the problems: the considerable numbers who drop out of high school, the low college entry rates among some groups, and the insufficient postsecondary preparation of many high school graduates. Major initiatives and programs that target high school dropout prevention and college preparation are also discussed. Several of the evaluations conclude that systemic, longitudinal interventions have been more successful, with the effects increasing with prolonged involvement in a program. Interventions providing a variety of services including instruction, counseling, and intensive summer activities have been found to have had positive effects.

Keywords:   school dropout prevention, college entry rates, longitudinal interventions, counseling, summer activities

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