Withdrawal from attending education or training resulting in a failure to meet the course objectives.


  1. this term designates both the process (early school leaving) and the persons (early school leavers) who fail to complete a course;
  2. 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.

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