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ERIC Number: ED349335
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Student Mobility Rate: A Moving Target.
Ligon, Glynn; Paredes, Vicente
One of the most elusive statistics in education today is student mobility. Current mobility statistics are based on available rather than appropriate data, resulting in the best available mobility index, rather than one that would serve real information needs. This study documents methods currently being used by school districts and other entities studying the above problem and illustrates the wide disparity among statistics produced by these varying methods. A recommendation for the best options concludes the report, which also reviews student mobility in the Austin (Texas) Independent School District. A letter requesting methods of calculating student mobility was sent to 155 directors of research and evaluation and heads of state departments of education in all 50 states and some other jurisdictions. Responses from 93 organizations concerning 62 formulas and definitions demonstrate the variety of approaches. Emerging from these are five important dimensions of mobility to consider in selecting an index: (1) level of analysis; (2) term of analysis; (3) frequency of moves; (4) nature of moves made; and (5) cause of changes. The analysis of student mobility in Austin highlights withdrawals and transfers. Five figures illustrate the discussion, and 10 references are included. Attachment A gives mobility, turbulence, and stability formulas. Attachment B lists and maps organizations sending formulas and those asking for study results. (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrators, Data Analysis, Definitions, Educational Indicators, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematical Formulas, National Surveys, Research Problems, School Districts, School Statistics, School Surveys, Student Mobility, Transfer Students, Transient Children, Withdrawal (Education)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers: Austin Independent School District TX
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).