Drop out

DEFINITION: Withdrawal from an education or training programme before its completion.

COMMENTS:
(a) this term designates both the process (early school leaving) and the persons (early school leavers) who fail to complete a course;
(b) besides early school leavers, dropouts may also include learners who have completed education or training but failed the examinations.

SOURCE: Terminology of European education and training policy-a selection of 100 key terms, CEDEFOP, Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2008.
HYPERLINK: http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/Files/4064_en.pdf

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