ERIC Number: ED264052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
New Mexico Dropout Study: 1983-1984 School Year.
Cavatta, Jerry C.; Gomez, Albert S.
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 1983-84 school year. Data on grade, sex, ethnicity, and reason for dropping out were collected. Information was obtained from all 88 public school districts and from 99% of the schools surveyed. Data indicated that 5,868 ninth- through twelfth-grade students dropped out of school, resulting in a dropout rate of 7.3%, up slightly from the 1982-83 7.2% level. This represents an interruption of a downward trend in the dropout rate. 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 at all grade levels. Native American students (12.3%) and Hispanic students (7.9%) had the highest dropout rates. Only Native American students experienced their highest dropout rate at grade 9. The highest portion (39.1%) dropped out for reasons related to "motivation or interest", while 17.6% cited "home and related" reasons. The remaining 15.0%, 11.2%, 9.9%, and 7.2% dropped out for reasons related to "other,""reenrollment,""discipline," and "pregnancy or marriage" respectively. (NEC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Dept. of Education, Santa Fe. Evaluation, Assessment, and Testing Unit.
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico