ERIC Number: ED262314
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
A Profile of Illinois Dropouts.
To identify behavioral and attitudinal differences between students who became high school dropouts and students who remained in school, sophomores from Illinois who participated in the National High School and Beyond Study (N=1,950) were interviewed and tested. Their responses were weighted to represent the total sophomore enrollment for Illinois and a profile of student behavioral and attitudinal characteristics was compiled. In 1982, participants from the 1980 study completed follow-up questionnaires. A portion of their responses (N=166) were weighted to represent an estimated number of respondents who would drop out of school by the spring of 1982. Comparison of dropout profiles with profiles of students who continued high school showed that dropouts were more likely to report failing academically, being absent or tardy, lack of interest in school, and being subject to disciplinary actions. Of the Hispanic and Black Illinois sophomores, 25 percent eventually dropped out, exceeding the rates of other racial-ethnic groups and the national rates for these groups. Although male students proportionally were more likely to drop out than females, over one-half the dropouts were females. Of these, over one-third reported having one or more children. The findings indicate that poor academic performance, absence from school for 3 or more days, lack of high school completion by one or both parents, and pregnancy for females are warning signals for students at-risk for dropping out. (Fifteen data tables presenting the profile comparisons are included.) (MCF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield, Dept. of Planning, Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois