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ERIC Number: ED070537
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1963-May
Pages: 41
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An Analysis of the State Department of Public Instruction Reports to the Federal Government Relative to Wisconsin Indian High School Dropouts.
Davids, Dorothy Winona
The purpose of this study was to determine whether the American Indian high school dropout rate in Wisconsin was more serious than that suggested by the 1961-62 state report to the Federal government. The nation reported a dropout rate of approximately 33%; the Bureau of Indian Affairs reported a 60% dropout rate for the general Indian high school population. These dropout rates were based on longitudinal studies and in all cases the trend was either increasing or stabilizing. A longitudinal analysis of 4 classes was made, and 4 state reports were examined. The results of this study suggested that the dropout rate of Wisconsin Indian high school students was increasing rather than decreasing. The dropout rate appeared to be increasing in the larger high schools adjacent to the Chippewa, Oneida, and Menominee Indian groups. It was concluded that the greatest percentage of dropouts generally occurred between the 10th and 11th grades and that the 10 high schools having the largest Indian population generally are losing their holding power on Wisconsin Indian youth. The 8 recommendations include that more studies of the Indian high school dropout problem be initiated by high schools adjacent to reservations, that the curriculum be broadened, that alternative teaching methods be employed, and that guidance and counseling personnel become aware of the Indian view of life. (FF)
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin