ERIC Number: ED207737
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
New Mexico Dropout Study, 1976-1977.
New Mexico State Dept. of Education, Santa Fe. Evaluation, Assessment, and Testing Unit.
The study for 1976-77 identified 5,527 students (5.98% of the statewide enrollment of 92,423 for grades 9-12) as school dropouts. Surveys tallying dropouts and enrollment by grade, sex, ethnicity, and possible reasons for a student's decision to leave school were received from 152 schools in 86 districts. Districts reported dropout ranges from 13.6% to 0%; individual schools reported 19.1% to 0%; and alternative and evening high schools had rates from 59.6% to 10.2%. Data analysis indicated that American Indian students, who made up 7.5% of total enrollment but constituted 12.9% of total dropouts, were more than twice as likely to leave school as Anglo students. Percentages of total dropouts for other ethnic groups were: Spanish 43.7%; Anglo/Other 40.7%; Black 2.6%; and Oriental 0.1%. Dropout rates for grades 10 and 11 (62% of total dropouts) were significantly higher than for grades 9 and 12. The northwest and southeast regions had less than half of the state's enrollment but nearly two-thirds of the dropouts. Suggested revisions for subsequent reports included clarification of definitions and directions. (AW/MH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Dept. of Education, Santa Fe. Evaluation, Assessment, and Testing Unit.
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico