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ERIC Number: ED018586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964-Aug
Pages: 44
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VIRGINIA SECONDARY SCHOOL DROPOUTS, 1962-63. A RESEARCH CONTRIBUTION TO EDUCATIONAL PLANNING, NUMBER 1.
GRAYBEAL, WILLIAM S.
THE STATE'S 15,170 DROPOUTS IN GRADES 8 THROUGH 12 IN 1962-63 REPRESENTED 5 PERCENT OF THE HIGH SCHOOL PUPILS ENROLLED BUT A 0.5 PERCENT DECREASE FROM THE 15,813 DROPOUTS IN 1961-62. AN ANALYSIS OF DATA SHEETS OBTAINED FOR 12,721 DROPOUTS REVEALED--(1) THE LARGEST NUMBER DROPPED OUT AT AGE 16 AND FROM GRADE 8, (2) THE DROPOUT PATTERN SUGGESTED THAT THE PROBLEM DID NOT OCCUR AS A TIME OF CRISIS IN GRADE 8 BUT HAD ABOUT EQUAL IMPACT ON EACH HIGH SCHOOL GRADE LEVEL, (3) BEFORE AGE 16, MORE GIRLS THAN BOYS DROPPED OUT, (4) 70.90 PERCENT OF THE DROPOUTS HAD AN I.Q. BETWEEN 80 AND 109 MEASURED BY THE CALIFORNIA TEST OF MENTAL MATURITY, (5) 89 PERCENT OF THE MALE AND 66 PERCENT OF THE FEMALE DROPOUTS HAD FAILED AT LEAST ONE SUBJECT, (6) 57 PERCENT OF THE MALES AND 40 PERCENT OF THE FEMALES HAD BEEN RETAINED AT LEAST ONCE, (7) THE DROPOUT PERCENTAGE FROM THE ACADEMIC CURRICULUM WAS 7.9 PERCENT, THE VOCATIONAL CURRICULUM, 17.5 PERCENT, AND GENERAL CURRICULUM 69.2 PERCENT, AND (8) PRIMARY REASONS FOR DROPPING OUT, AS REPORTED BY COUNSELORS, WERE SUBJECT DIFFICULTIES, DISCIPLINARY PROBLEMS, THE DESIRE TO SEEK EMPLOYMENT, PARENTAL INDIFFERENCE, AND PROLONGED ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL. INVESTIGATION OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE DROPOUT RATE AND SELECTED CHARACTERISTICS OF THE EDUCATIONAL SETTING SUGGESTED THAT SCHOOL HOLDING POWER IS INFLUENCED BY THE SOCIOECONOMIC CONDITIONS SURROUNDING THE SCHOOL MORE THAN BY CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PROGRAM BEING PROVIDED BY THE SCHOOL. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVING SCHOOL HOLDING POWER WERE (1) INVESTIGATE LOCAL CONDITIONS, (2) REVIEW SCHOOL STANDARDS, (3) IMPROVE PUPIL PERSONNEL SERVICES, AND (4) EXPERIMENT WITH PROGRAM MODIFICATION TO PROVIDE IMPROVED LEARNING EXPERIENCES. (EM)
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Authoring Institution: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond. Div. of Educational Research.
Identifiers: VIRGINIA