ERIC Number: ED207776
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
New Mexico Dropout Study, 1979-80.
Young, William Russell, III, Comp.
The study for 1979-80 identified 8,414 or 9.20% of the statewide enrollment of 91,438 for grades 9-12, as school dropouts, using surveys tallying all dropouts and enrollment by grade, sex, ethnicity, school, district, and possible reasons for leaving school, from 144 schools in 86 districts. The lowest rate was for grade 9, the highest for grade 11, typical of the previous 3 years. Also consistent with past results was a higher dropout rate for males (9.76%) than females (8.62%), although the differential was less. Major causes for dropping out for both males and females were "Motivational or Interest Related" (41% and 32%, respectively) and "Home or Related" (16% and 27%, respectively). Further analysis attributed the 27% rate for females to pregnancy or marriage. Anglos, Hispanics, and Blacks had similar ranges (7.69%, 8.92%, 9.19%) with an increase for Native Americans (13.59%). Anglos and Hispanics dropped out most in grade 11, Native Americans in grade 10, and Blacks in grade 12, with major causes for all groups reported as "Motivational or Interest Related." Five schools and three districts had no dropouts. Included in the report are the survey, data tabulation, and a map showing dropout rate by school district. (AW)
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