ERIC Number: ED207775
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
New Mexico Dropout Study, 1977-78 and 1978-79.
Young, William R., III
Based on surveys tallying statewide enrollment and dropout figures by grade, sex, ethnicity, school and district, of 83,832 students enrolled in 1977-78 in 147 schools in 86 districts, 9,059 students (9.75%) were dropouts; of 86,117 enrolled in 150 schools in 88 disricts in 1978-79, 8,069 students (8.56%) dropped out of school. For both years, grade 9 had the lowest dropout rate and grade 11 the highest. In 1977-78, 10.6% of males dropped out, as opposed to 8.8% of females; in 1978-79 the gap narrowed, with 9.2% for males and 7.9% for females. Pregnancy-caused dropouts increased slightly between the two years. Anglos had lowest dropout rates in both years (8.1% and 6.9%), while Native Americans had the highest (13.0% and 13.5%). Unlike Anglos or Hispanics, whose dropout rates peaked in grade 11 for both years, the rate for Native Americans peaked in grade 9 (1977-78) or 10 (1978-79). The Black dropout rate decreased substantially from 10.5% to 7.8%. Although districts with high minority enrollments often had high dropout rates, two such districts showed that this should not be assumed. Maximum dropout rates for districts increased between 1977-78 (17.3%) and 1978-79 (27.8%); number of districts with no dropouts increased from 3 to 4. (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