ERIC Number: ED024973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Aug-30
Reference Count: 0
Antecedents and Patterns of Growth of School Dropouts.
Evans, Franklin R.
The present study attempts to find the variables in the fifth grade which discriminate between dropouts and non-dropouts and to test the hypothesis that data about a student's school achievement from the fifth to seventh grades will yield a significant increase in predictable variance. This study makes use of a data bank, collected especially for research purposes, which is longitudinal in nature. The base sample for the present study were all of the 1961, fifth-grade students from a Northeastern urban school system, who were tested as part of the Study of Academic Prediction and Growth. The dropouts in this sample were representative of those people in the school system who progressed normally from fifth to seventh grades and who withdrew from school before their fifth-grade class completed 11th grade. Conclusions indicate that data readily available at the outset of the fifth grade will point out those persons who are potential dropouts. Programs aimed at remediation should be started much sooner than they have been traditionally. Plans are underway to replicate this study in another school system in an attempt to generalize the results. (CJ)
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Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Speech presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, San Francisco, California, August 30 through September 3, 1968.