Making Good on a Promise: Supporting the Educational Goals of Dropouts

April 5, 2006

This Jobs for the Future report looks at whether our society makes good on its promise of a second chance for young people who have dropped out of high school. Among the myths shattered by the research review: dropping out is not just a problem of the poor, but socioeconomic status—not race—is a key indicator for dropping out. Black and Hispanic youth are no more likely to drop out than their white peers in the same socioeconomic group. In addition, most dropouts are persistent in their desire to get more education. The report offers specific policy recommendations to serve disconnected young people.