Drop Outs and Suspensions

Samantha Luxenburg

Why Students Drop Out of School?

There are four ways to categorize reasons for a student to drop out, according to the Colorado Department of Education, these reasons are; life events, fade outs, push outs, or failing to succeed. Fade outs are students who get bored or frustrated and therefore stop coming to school, and push outs are students who are felt to be too difficult or dangerous to the school.

According to National Dropout Prevention there are many reasons students may drop out.

  • The number one school-related reason for students to drop out is because the student missed too many school days.

  • The number one reason for family-related reason for female students to drop out is because of pregnancy.

  • The number one reason for family-related reason for both female and male students to drop out is because they had to support their family.

  • The number one reason for employment-related reason for students to drop out is because the student got a job.

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Everything listed are individual factors for a student to drop out like absences, pregnancy, or getting a job. However, as the text book suggests, these don't account for the schools influence over the drop out rates. These don't account for the contextual factors for a student to drop out, according to the text book, "other students are pushed out of school by the policies and decisions of educators."

What is the Impact of Suspensions and Expulsions?

In my opinion, if a student gets suspended or expelled it negatively impacts their education because they are not in school, where they will learn and succeed.

Suspensions are often not helpful, and will lead to future suspensions. I feel like there are better ways to approach a student’s suspension, and before there is a suspension there should be an assessment of what the student needs to succeed.

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According to Kathryn C. Monahan from Journal of Youth and Adolescence, a study shows that there is a correlation between school suspensions and expulsions and an increase in getting arrested.

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Hall, Gene, Quinn, L., and Gollnick, D. "Why Students Drop Out of Schools." Introduction to Teaching. SAGE Publications, 2014. 105-06. Print.


Monahan, Kathryn C., "From the School Yard to the Squad Car: School Discipline, Truancy, and Arrest." Joural of Youth and Adolscence 43.7 (2014): 1110-122. Springer. Springer US, 14 Feb. 014. Web. 15 Feb. 2016. Link


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"Why Do Students Drop Out of School?" Why Do Students Drop Out of School? Colarodo Department of Education, 16 Oct. 2015. Web. 15 Feb. 2016. Link