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New Report Directly Links Teen Pregnancy and School Drop Out

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has released a new report, produced in collaboration with America’s Promise Alliance, that underscores the clear link between teen pregnancy and dropping out of high school and highlights what a number of communities across the United States are doing to directly confront these issues. With the help of school districts, public agencies, and community-based organizations, these communities—from California to New York and Texas to Tennessee —are using innovative strategies and activities to help students avoid pregnancy and complete their high school education.

Highlights include:
  • In 2008, births to teens who lived in counties and cities where 25 persistently low-achieving schools are located accounted for 16 percent of all teen births in the United States.
  • These same 25 school districts also accounted for 20 percent of all high school drop outs in the United States and are home to many of the nation’s lowest-performing high schools, often referred to as “dropout factories,” where only 60 percent or fewer of students graduate on time.
Read the full report.

View the summary of the report.

Read a press release from the National Campaign.