ERIC Number: ED264070
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Survey Analysis: Responses of 1070 students in High School Equivalency Programs, 1984-1985.
State Univ. of New York, Oneonta. Coll. at Oneonta.
Responses to a survey questionnaire completed by 1,070 migrant students who returned to school after dropping out were tabulated and listed by response frequency to determine student characteristics that will help migrant educators predict dropout behavior and address its causes. Participating students were enrolled in 13 High School Equivalency Programs (HEP) in 10 states. Responses indicated that a "typical" HEP student is 17-21 years old; speaks English or Spanish; has 2-7 siblings; is the child of parents who have not graduated from high school; left school at age 16 or 17; left school in the 10th or 11th grade; was not enrolled in a migrant program in school; attended school regularly; decided to return to school with the advice and encouragement of family members or friends. The three most frequently given reasons for leaving school were failing in classes, not liking school, and having very few credits for graduation. HEP students' responses confirmed findings that being average for grade placement puts students at risk for dropping out--less that 6% of HEP students surveyed were at or above grade level when they left school. Data tables and the eight-page survey form are included. (JHZ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC. Migrant Education Programs.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Oneonta. Coll. at Oneonta.