ERIC Number: ED245871
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Statewide Survey of Indian Education. Washington State.
Washington Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia.
Questionnaire responses from 65 of 72 Washington school districts with significant Indian populations provided quantitative data about 13,522 American Indian students in grades K-12 in 1981-82. Results showed that 11.3% transferred to or from the districts during the year. Results also showed that American Indian students were at the expected grade level for their age and had not been retained scholastically. No attendance patterns emerged for specific grades, but attendance levels in high school were significantly lower than for earlier years. Results showed a downward trend in reading and mathematics achievement scores, which fell from above average in grade 1 to well below average in grade 12, with a large drop after grade 9. American Indian students used personal counselors increasingly throughout their school years, with an elementary school peak in grade 2 and another around grade 7. However, they decreased their use of tutoring over the years, with a high in grades 7 and 8. American Indian students dropped out of school for various reasons, including withdrawal by parents, expulsion, legal detention, and illness. The reasons for 51% of the dropouts was unknown. American Indian children had a lower dropout rate than the general population. Results should be interpreted carefully. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia.
Note: For related document, see RC 014 825.