ERIC Number: ED333255
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Delaware's Dropouts: 1989-1990.
Delaware State Dept. of Public Instruction, Dover, Div. of Research and Evaluation.
Delaware annually collects information from the state's secondary schools concerning students who drop out of school. The findings for the 1989-1990 school year revealed that, out of an enrollment of 27,109 students, 1,801 students in grades 9 through 12 left school. The statewide annual dropout rate declined (6.6% versus 7.3% the previous year). Male dropouts outnumbered female dropouts (60% to 40%). Black and Hispanic students dropped out at higher rates than did White/other students, with the annual rate for Blacks being 1.9 times the rate for Whites/others and the annual rate for Hispanics being 2.2 times the rate for Whites/others. While dropout rates were higher for minorities than for Whites/others, in terms of absolute numbers, the majority of the state's dropouts were White (58%). Most of Delaware's dropouts left school in grades 9 or 10 and most were 16 or 17 years old, being overage for grade placement. The annual dropout rate in rural districts was lower than that in non-rural districts. (Five figures and 11 tables are included; a list of alternative school programs in Delaware is appended.) (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Delaware State Dept. of Public Instruction, Dover, Div. of Research and Evaluation.