ERIC Number: ED330529
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
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A Profile of a Dropout Population in a Native American High School: A Local Perspective.
Franks, M. Eugene; And Others
This paper reports on phase 1 of a four-part study investigating the exceptionally high dropout rate among a specific Native American population (the Mississippi Choctaw). The population for this study was the eighth grade class enrolled in the six schools operating on the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indian reservation. Researchers used the longitudinal method to follow all entering eighth grade students in the fall of 1984 for 3 years. The total dropout rate from Choctaw High School was 83%. Between the 8th and 9th grade and between the 9th and 10th grade, a greater percent of girls than boys dropped out; however, between the 10th and 11th grade and the 11th and 12th grade, a greater percent of boys dropped out. Forty-one percent (41%) of the eighth grade students were retainees. Of these students, 74% were retained once between 8th and 12th grade, 21% were retained twice, and 5% were retained three times. Further studies should explore what has happened to the students who did not graduate on time and identify unique characteristics of the dropout problem for Choctaw students. The study suggests severe instructional shortcomings; therefore, remedial and enrichment classes and summer school should be considered, and the policy of retention be researched. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Bureau of Indian Affairs; Mississippi Band of Choctaw (Tribe); Native Americans
Note: Paper presented at the Annual American Educational Research Association meeting (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).