5 Scary Things You Don’t Know About School Dropouts

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School districts love to tout increasing graduation rates. This good news often shields the public from the staggering facts and statistics about school dropouts.

This infographic provides shocking details about the impact school dropouts have on the world. We underscore 5 scary things you don’t know, but the infographic sheds more light on a crisis that seems to be overlooked by many education shareholders.

5 Scary Things About School Dropouts
  1. 7,000 students drop out of school every single day. That’s more than 1 million yearly.
  2. School dropouts are qualified for only about 10 percent of all jobs.
  3. School dropouts cost the economy more than 150 billion dollars. This unfathomable hit comes from school dropouts’ lost wages, taxes and productivity over a lifetime.
  4. A whopping 87 percent of school dropouts have experienced homelessness at some point of their lives.
  5. 79 percent of school dropouts have a parent who has been incarcerated at some time during the school dropouts’ lives.

2014 Dropout Crisis by the Numbers Infographic
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Mark Barnes is the Founder and CEO of Times 10 Publications, which produces the popular Hack Learning Series -- books that provide right-now solutions for teachers and learners. Mark is the author or publisher of dozens of books, including Bestseller Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and Hack Learning. Join more than 115,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.
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