ERIC Number: ED333285
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct-31
Reference Count: N/A
Texas School Dropout Survey Project. Volume 3: Magnitude of the Problem--Tracking Study.
Intercultural Development Research Association, San Antonio, TX.
Volume 3, the third of eight publications developed by the Intercultural Development Research Association as part of the "Texas School Dropout Survey Project," describes a tracking study developed to measure the magnitude of the dropout problem in Texas. The tracking of 1,500 students who had withdrawn from schools in 10 districts is explained. A survey designed to elicit information from these students on their dropout status, reasons for withdrawal, working status, unmet personal and academic needs, future goals, degree of acculturation, and parents' influence on their decision to leave or return to school is described. These survey results, from 318 former students who were successfully contacted and who agreed to participate, are presented: (1) 14% of students contacted by telephone and 22% contacted by mail had not dropped out, but had either transferred or had never left school; (2) the majority of the confirmed dropouts left school because of failing grades, absenteeism, marriage, or financial difficulties at home; (3) most of the dropouts were unemployed, while those with jobs were working primarily at labor intensive, minimum wage jobs; (4) almost 40% were planning to return to school and 12% had already returned. Both the English and the Spanish versions of the tracking interview, the mail survey, the superintendent's letter, and 357 data tables are included. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Texas State Dept. of Community Affairs, Austin.; Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Intercultural Development Research Association, San Antonio, TX.
Note: For related documents, see ED 279 752 and CG 023 437-443.