ERIC Number: ED227992
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
New Mexico Dropout Study, 1981-82 School Year.
Cavatta, Jerry C.
Each public school that had students enrolled in grades 9-12 was surveyed to gather data on the extent and nature of the school dropout problem in New Mexico during the 1981-82 school year. Data on grade, sex, ethnicity, and reason for dropping out were collected. Information was obtained from all 89 public school districts and from 97% of the schools surveyed. Data indicated that 6,575 ninth through twelfth grade students dropped out of school, resulting in a dropout rate of 8.1%. This was the lowest dropout rate ever recorded in New Mexico. The highest dropout rate for both male and female students occurred at grade 11 and the lowest at grade 9. Males tended to drop out of school proportionally more than females, an effect which has been true for each school year. Native American students (13.8%) and Hispanic students (8.4%) had the highest dropout rates. Anglo and Black students experienced their highest dropout rates at grade 11 and their lowest at grade 9. Hispanic students experienced their highest dropout rates equally at grades 10 and 11 (9.9%) and their lowest at grade 9. Native American students experienced their highest dropout rate at grade 10. (NQA)
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