Reducing High School Dropout Rates Essay

1082 Words Dec 12th, 2016 5 Pages
The United States (U.S.) educational system is a topic of much concern. In recent years, the disproportionate gaps in high school dropouts among low-income and minority students have created many discussions and interests among researchers, policymakers, and education officials (NACDD, 2011). Dropping out of high school is a major economic and social problem. Public health professionals should make reducing high school dropout rates a public health priority. Education is an important attribute to creating productive; successful members of society, and a good education more likely lead to good health (NACDD, 2011). This paper summarizes some of the risk factors associated with dropping out of high school for vulnerable populations and discusses strategies for reducing high school dropout rates by focusing on improving students’ health.
Generally, the role of public health has been to keep students healthy to be more successful academically in school. However, U.S. high school dropout rates continue to afflict at-risk populations (NACCD, 2011). The risk of dropping out of high school is high for racial minorities and students from families of low socioeconomic status. Based on a 2012 report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the percentage of Black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native dropouts was higher when compared to White and Asian/Pacific Islander dropouts. 14.6 percent of American Indian/Alaska Native, 12.7 percent of Hispanic,…

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