At Risk Students

Nearly one million students drop out of school nationwide.   This paper attempts to define these students and explore the causes and possible interventions.   This paper contains a literature review and references.

At Risk Students
At risk, students are those students the school districts consider for high potential for dropping out of school or academic failure throughout their school career.   There are many indicators, which recognize these students.   Each school district has a variety of programs available to the at risk student.
Each city town and state has a different accountability system and each define student dropout differently.   There are adults on the streets without a diploma, General Education Development (GED), or some alternative high school education.   These adults for chose to end their educational careers in their adolescent years and their future are grave for this population. (TEA, 2004)
History of education in the United States.
As the need for a more literate society, came the push for public education in the early 1600’s with the invention of the Gutenberg Press.
Public Law 94142 each child has the right to a free and appropriate education.   There are laws governing the procedures of the styles/types of education.   However, receiving an education is not mandatory.   Once enrolled in an educational setting the laws state the child will continue his or her educational career.   Texas law has changed over the years as to the age limit to which a student can drop out of school.   At one time it was sixteen years.   It currently is 18. (TEA 2004)
In the early 1800’s drop-out rates were high due working conditions.   The majority of the United States was a rural environment.   Children, especially male, were expected to assist with bring in the crops.   As time progressed and people began to move in the cities, children were expected to go to school.   During this time students were taught reading, math and...