fear:

Half of students with emotional disabilities leave school.

What to Know

Half of students with emotional disabilities drop out of high school. In fact, students with emotional disabilities drop out at a higher rate than any other disability group. Test-taking, bullying, feelings of alienation, and a feeling a lack of purpose are the top reasons students drop-out.

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What to Do

Awareness of the risk is the first step. Parents and school administrators need to remain alert. As behavioral and engagement changes in kids are often the first sign that something is going on. Being aware of stressors on students and coaching students through challenges and providing an adaptive environment for test-taking can lessen stressors and equip students with powerful adult allies.

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Hope:

Education about mental health issues decreases dropout rate by 80%