ERIC Number: ED062079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
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Dropouts in the Texas Small Schools Project, 1966-1971.
Texas Small Schools Project, Austin.
Determining the age, grade, sex, and reason for withdrawal for each dropout in the Texas Small Schools Project during 1966-71, this study is based on a 79% questionnaire response from the project schools, the results of which are compared with results from a 1964 study. The 1964 study revealed, for example, that 10th grade was by far the dominant dropout grade for males; the 1972 study, although maintaining a high 10th-grade dropout rate, showed a more even distribution of dropouts throughout the high school years. Female dropout patterns were similar in both studies, with high dropout percentages in the 10th and 11th grades. Age 17 emerged as the dominant dropout age in the 1972 study, as compared with the previous dominant dropout age of 16 years. In the 1972 study, decreases were noted in 6th and 7th grade dropouts, in the male-to-female dropout ratio, in overall dropout percentage rates, and in students leaving school for a single reason. Marriage, low scholastic ability, and dissatisfaction with school were the predominant single reasons for dropping out. Included in the report along with findings of the study are 4 figures and appendices showing the questionnaire and the 108 member schools that participated in this study. A related document is ED 019 145. (MJB)
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Authoring Institution: Texas Small Schools Project, Austin.