High School Failure

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The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 has focused recent attention on the problem of dropout and is driving efforts to increase graduation rates for all students. This law holds schools accountable for student progress using indicators of adequate yearly progress (AYP), including measures of academic performance and rates of school completion. Educators, administrators, and policymakers at district and state levels are in need of interventions that will increase high school graduation for all students, especially those at risk of school failure. With the recent emphasis on accountability, personnel from local and state education agencies are charged with developing programs that engage students in school and learning, ensure acquisition of academic

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