ERIC Number: ED333287
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct-31
Reference Count: N/A
Texas School Dropout Survey Project. Volume 5: Benefit-Cost Impact of the Dropout Problem.
Intercultural Development Research Association, San Antonio, TX.
Volume 5, the fifth of eight publications developed by the Intercultural Development Research Association as part of the "Texas School Dropout Survey Project," decribes a study, conducted exclusively in Texas, which replicated national studies on benefits and costs of dropout prevention. The benefits in the study are expressed in terms of the savings in expenditures in relation to welfare, crime, incarceration, unemployment insurance payments, and employment services that might result from the eradication of the dropout problem and the potential gains in earnings and taxes resulting from dropouts having a higher earning potential if they become high school graduates. The costs relate to the expenditures that would be required to complete a high school education, pay for years in college that some might go on to after graduation from high school, and implement dropout prevention efforts. The benefit categories summed to approximately $17.5 billion while the cost categories summed to approximately $1.9 billion, suggesting that, for every dollar expended on prevention and the education of the would-be dropout, nine dollars would be returned. The estimated losses in social expenditures related to welfare, crime, incarceration, and unemployment alone amounted to $652 million, a figure not far from the estimated cost to complete the high school education ($913.5 million) of all 86,000 estimated dropouts. Eighteen data tables are included. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: 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.