ERIC Number: ED255732
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Views Three Years Later: Results of a Statewide High School Follow-up Study.
Owens, Thomas R.
A followup study conducted in 19 high schools throughout Oregon involved 1,296 early leavers and graduates of the class of 1981. Both vocational education and nonvocational students participated. Data came from three sources--surveys of former students, transcripts and permanent files of these students, and program rating data from vocational instructors who taught in 1981. Findings showed 66 percent of the vocational education and 62 percent of the nonvocational graudates were working and 30 percent of the vocational and 41 percent of the nonvocational graduates were enrolled in school. Over 90 percent were satisfied with their present job. Seventy-six percent of the vocational graduates and 78 percent of the nonvocational had attended postsecondary schools. Students enrolled in postsecondary education most frequently to receive a degree, obtain a broad education, and obtain or improve job-related skills. A third of the students recommended requiring three years of math for high school graduation; 20 percent recommended a three-year science requirement. Over half wished they had taken more math; 38 percent of both groups wished they had taken more science. Vocational courses were perceived as useful by both "vocational cluster students" and nonvocational students who took them. (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Planning, Educational Benefits, Educational Research, Employment Level, Followup Studies, Goal Orientation, Graduation Requirements, High School Graduates, Mathematics, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Sciences, State Surveys, Student Attitudes, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 1985).