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Cost of Dropping Out

The Costs of Dropping Out of School in Iowa
The Costs of Dropping Out of School in Iowa - One page version
The Costs of Dropping Out of School in Iowa - Worksheet (.xlsx)

Alternative Education

Alternative Education Total Perspective Articles

Research on In-School Programs-Need for Alternative Schools
Wikipedia Alternative Education
Alternatives in Education
Principles of Effective Alternative Education in Iowa

Cost Effectiveness Research in Iowa

Costs of Dropping Out
Costs of Dropping Out (2006 Update)
Cost of Dropping Out(Update 2009)
Legal Services Dropout Study

Dropping out of high school can result in long-term financial losses not just for the individual, but for society as a whole. The following web sites provide information about the costs to individuals and communities. The last site listed provides some thoughts for students considering dropping out of high school.

Lessons in Learning: Costs of Dropping out
Helping Dropout Break the Cycle of Poverty
The Cost of Dropping Out
The High Cost of Dropping Out
The Cost of Dropping Out
Thinking of Dropping out of School?
A Texas KIDS Count Special Report: The High Cost of Dropping Out
The Cost of Dropping Out: Can we afford it? Denver Business Journal

Chronic Absense

Chronic Absence Research

Data Center

The Annie E. Casey's Foundation's KIDS COUNT DATA CENTER provides the most recent statistics on more than 100 indicators, including recent data on education, employment and income, poverty, health, and youth risk factors.

The YRBSS: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System monitors priority health-risk behaviors and the prevalence of obesity and asthma among youth and young adults. The YRBSS includes a national school-based survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state, territorial, tribal, and local surveys conducted by state, territorial, and local education and health agencies and tribal governments.

Democratic Education

Democractic Education Blog

Digital Media in Education

DMLcentral.net is the online presence for the Digital Media and
Learning Research Hub Supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as part of its Digital Media and Learning portfolio, the Digital Media and Learning Hub is a major initiative of the University of California Humanities Research Institute. Both the UC-wide Humanities Research Institute and the Research Hub are based at the UC Irvine campus.
The MacArthur Foundation launched its five-year Digital Media and Learning initiative in 2006 to help determine how digital technologies are changing the way people, especially young people, learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life. Answers are critical to developing educational and other social institutions that can meet the needs of this and future generations.
The Digital Media and Learning initiative is marshaling what is already known about the field and seeding innovation for continued growth. Initial grants have supported research projects, design studies, pilot programs, and responses to policy implications.
The MacArthur Foundation is supporting the Digital Media and Learning Hub and this web site as part of its Digital Media and Learning initiative.

Disability Issues

Disability Issues MN

Home School Research

Research Center: Home Schooling

Home Schooling Legal Basis for All States

Programs and Schools Research

Alt Ed: Needs, Types, Research
Alt Ed: Typology
High Schools and Alternative Education
Alt Ed Sermon of St. Paul

School Choice

School Choice Research
Freedom-Based Education
Building School Choice
Policy Center for School Choice
The National Center on School Choice is funded by the United States Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences. The Center exercises national leadership in school choice research, including charter and magnet schools, private school vouchers, teacher recruitment, school management, and state policymaking.
National Center on School Choice
Since 2004, the National Center on School Choice (NCSC) has been doing research on how school choice affects individuals, communities, and systems. Work takes place across multiple disciplines and methodologies, and the aim is simple: to provide national intellectual leadership on the study of school choice in all its forms.

School Effectiveness

Effectiveness of Iowa Alternative Schools

Smart and Good High Schools

Smart and Good High Schools

Alternative educators have continuously voiced the need to form "family communities" within school to maximize the success of students. The paradigm of alternative schools that maximizes the success of students is "personalization"-establishing a student-first paradigm of education VS a curriculum-first paradigm. The Smart and Good High Schools studies now highlight the need to merge ideals for personal character development as well as performance development to maximize student learning.

Conceptualizing character to include both performance character and moral character enables us to more effectively address the question, "What's the connection between character and academics?" In this new paradigm, character is integral to academic instruction, since it is needed for, and potentially developed from, every academic activity:
• Students need performance character (initiative, self-discipline, perseverance, teamwork, and the like) to do their best academic work.
• Students develop their performance character, including the ability to take satisfaction in a job well done, as they rise to the challenges of their schoolwork.
• Students need moral character (respect, fairness, kindness, honesty, and so forth) to build the relationships that make for a positive learning environment.
• Students develop their moral character by participating in well-designed cooperative learning; bringing out the best work in fellow students through guided critique; examining ethical issues in literature, history, science, and other areas of the curriculum; and carrying out service-learning projects that help solve real-world problems.

Small Schools

Student Participation in Activities
Small Schools Research Summaries
Small Learning Communities
Master Scheduling for Small High Schools

Social and Emotional Development

Casel Research
CASEL National Center 
Social Climate and Achievement
Personal-Social Development in High School

Students Dropping Out

Zero Dropout Rate by 2000
Why Students Drop Out
Costs of Dropping Out

Teacher Standards

Teacher Standards: An Analysis of CCSSO's Model Core Teaching Standards

Teaching Mobile Children

Students on the Move

Teen Fatherhood

Teen Fatherhood Research Report


Underachievement Research

Workplace Learning

Characteristics and Effectiveness of Cooperative Education
ERIC System (Search for cooperative education and workplace learning within the ERIC system)
Workplace Learning Guide 2010
Cooperative Education Review for Prospecive Coordinators