ERIC Number: ED112489
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Early Graduation. The Practitioner, Vol. 2, No. 1.
National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.
This publication examines the growing trend toward early high school graduation, describes some of the characteristics and attitudes of early graduates, and discusses possible administrative responses to the increasing popularity of early graduation. Much of the discussion is based on the results of a school survey taken during the 1974-75 school year. The survey showed that 53.7 percent of American public high schools currently provide by policy for early graduation, and that the percentage of early graduates rose from 2.2 percent of the class of 1971 to 7.7 percent of the class of 1974. Most early graduates were successful, well-adjusted students who decided to graduate early for a wide variety of reasons. More than two-thirds of early graduates were female, and most graduated one semester ahead of their class. Three years after graduation, only 9 percent of 1972 early graduates felt they would have been better off to graduate with their class. Implications for school administrators of the trend toward early graduation are discussed, and the early graduation policies of seven high schools throughout the United States are described briefly. (JG)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Educational Administration, Educational Change, Educational Trends, Graduate Surveys, Graduation Requirements, National Surveys, Secondary Education, Statistical Data, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics
Research Department, National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, Virginia 22091 ($0.50, Quantity discounts; Payment must accompany orders of $10.00 or less)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.