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1. The number of high school dropouts declined from over a million in 2008

to 750,000 in 2012, a 27 percent reduction.

2. The high school graduation rate increased from 74.7 percent in 2008 to

80.9 percent in 2012.

3. The number of “dropout factories,” or schools where large numbers of

students fail to graduate, dropped from 1,800 in 2008 to 1,000 in 2014.

—Lauren Camera, “Fewer Students Dropping Out of School,”

U.S. News & World Report, November 10, 2015

What do you think has caused the dropout rate to decrease since 2008?

Please answer all 3 then reply to the 2 people below

1st reply) 100 words The dropout rate has decreased significantly from 2008 to 2012, and here are my three theories as to why:

The economy is decreasing, and the cost of living is increasing. Most jobs in this current society require education past high school before considering employment. In addition to that, keeping afloat with the increase in the cost of living having a degree or trade will help maintain a decent income. I believe this has forced teens to remain in school for survival purposes.

I believe that the number of dropouts has declined due to more youth resources. Alternative schools, night programs, and work-study courses have helped teens adapt better to their environment.

Lastly, I believe that the dropouts’ rate has decreased due to college exposure. Most youths are ignorant of college life and have tunnel vision in high school; however, once exposed to college life through programs that allow them to visit a campus, their views change. College life has much more freedom and independence. I feel that is what encourages the youth to maintain their education.

2nd Reply) 100 words

The cause for high school dropouts declining from 2008 to 2012 is caused by education systems that have changed to allow for different teaching methods, as opposed to a teacher lecturing from the desk and students taking notes in order to memorize the material for tests or exams.

The cause for high school graduation rate increases is caused by the economy doing well. With more people working and paying taxes more tax dollars were available for schools to pay additional teachers. With additional teachers schools are able to have smaller classrooms and students are able to receive more attention, especially if having problems with class material.

The cause for schools with large numbers of students who fail to graduate decreasing in six years is due to the advance in technology. Students are now able to access information directly from their phones, tablets or laptops; making their school work easier to finish and more accurate because of auto correct and built in grammar programs that aid in writing.

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