"The book is superb. It is erudite, scholarly, engaging, and provocative."
William G. Tierney, President, American Educational Research Association
"...likely to stand as the single best source of information on the topic for some time to come."
Jeremy D. Finn, Educational Researcher
"...positively masterful in its treatment of a vitally important subject which is frequently lost in the shuffle...Russell Rumberger's prescriptions, if heeded, would be truly revolutionary. "
A. Graham Down, Education Next
"New book that examines dropout issue is a masterpiece."
Jay Matthews, Washington Post
"...provides considerable insight...a detailed portrayal of the scope and seriousness of the problem, a guide for developing new and more effective programs, and a call for policymakers to better support efforts to address the problem."
Robert G. Croninger, Teachers College Record
"The standard work on one of the most troubling challenges in U.S. education—beautifully written, authoritative, and insightful, covering everything from the causes of dropping out to effective solutions."
Henry M. Levin, Columbia University
"Dropouts have little future in the American economy, but about half of Latino and Black men are leaving school without the diplomas they need. Russ Rumberger has devoted his career to this issue and he powerfully documents the costs of dropouts to our society. This comprehensive book is an essential resource for reform."
Gary Orfield, University of California, Los Angeles
"Russ Rumberger has written the definitive book on school dropouts. His learned analysis leads to recommendations for action to address this crisis."
Jack Jennings, President and CEO, Center on Education Policy
"Russell Rumberger's Dropping Out is the most thorough and timely analysis now available of the complex causes and terrible consequences of dropping out of high school. Rumberger provides teachers, administrators, and policymakers with essential knowledge to address a continuing crisis. Dropping Out demonstrates again the necessity of education in an information age economy, and shows how increasing high school graduation rates will be essential for local, state, and national economic strength."
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education