Thursday, August 2, 2012

Raising The Compulsory School Attendance Age Will Not Increase HS Graduation Rates

From "Compulsory School Attendance: What Research Says and What It Means for State Policy" by Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst and Sarah Whitfield:
  • Raising the CSA [compulsory school attendance] age does little to address the root causes of high dropout rates and is unlikely to produce increases in high school graduation rates that will be noticeable to state policymakers and taxpayers.

  • There is no consistent relationship between the leniency in the laws governing the CSA age and rates of school attendance.

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