Dr. Stephen Truscott & Laura Wood featured in AJC
A study conducted by School Psychology doctoral student Laura Wood links restrictions on extracurricular activities to higher dropout rates. The study, co-authored by Dr. Stephen Truscott, explored public school dropout rates nationwide. Their study found schools preventing students from participating in extracurricular activities when they don’t perform well in school makes students more likely to drop out. It found income, not race or school size, is often the biggest factor in why students drop out. In addition, preventing students from participating in extracurricular activities when they don’t perform well academically makes them more likely to drop out.
“A lot of times, if students start doing worse in school, schools take away those extracurricular activities with the intention of making students focus on academics. But it actually makes them worse off,” said Laura Wood, who is the study’s lead author.
“It makes a difference whether you’re impoverished or not,” co-author Truscott reveals. The study found policies and programs that offer additional support to schools help improve graduation rates in schools with high percentages of low-income students.