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Evidence-Based Risk Factors That Are Known Predictors of Potential School Dropouts

The more risk factors a child faces, the more likely they are to drop out.

1. Attendance
2. Grade Point Average
3. Standardized test scores
4. Number of grade retentions
5. Number of discipline referrals
6. Educational Level of parents
7. Special Education Placement
8. Free and Reduced Lunch Program
9. Number of school transfers
10. Reading and Math Scores
11. Ethnic and gender distinctions
12. Language spoken at home
13. Number of school suspensions
14. Interest in school
15. Participation in extra-curricula activities
16. Pregnancy/teen parent
17. Number of counseling referrals
18. Family status (broken home, single parent family, family size, merged family)

Source: The National Dropout Prevention Center at Clemson University (NDPC)

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