ERIC Number: ED022892
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964
Reference Count: 0
Holding Power: Large City School Systems.
Findings are presented from a questionnaire survey of selected statistics of pupil enrollment, number of high school graduates in 1963, percent of students graduating based on grade 10 enrollment, and certain characteristics, such as organization, compulsory school age, pupil mobility, free textbooks, and free kindergartens of large city school systems. The major emphasis of the report is on school holding power. Returns were received from 128 cities, representing 96 per"ent of the total population of cities over 90,000 and 27 percent of the national population according to the 1960 Census data. Findings included: (1) Four-fifths of the school systems were organized on a 6-3-3 basis, (2) The median number of years of compulsory school attendance was 9 years, (3) Forty of the school systems had separate vocational high schools, and half indicated a gain in holding power for vocational schools in the period 1960-63, (4) The holding power rate in 1963 of the combined public school systems in the 128 cities was 70.8 percent based on grade 10 enrollment, (5) 51 percent of the pupils who were enrolled in grade 10 in vocational high schools in 1960 graduated in 1963, (6) The greatest pupil loss in both vocational schools and all systems occurred at grade 10, and (7) Holding power rates were inversely proportional to city size--the larger the city, the lower the holding power. (PS)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Dropouts, Enrollment, High School Graduates, High Schools, Kindergarten, National Surveys, Questionnaires, School Attendance Legislation, School Holding Power, School Organization, Student Mobility, Textbooks, Urban Schools, Vocational High Schools
National Education Association, 1201 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 ($2.00).
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Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.