ERIC Number: ED264072
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug-6
Reference Count: N/A
The Educational Status of Federally Recognized Indian Students Enrolled in or Eligible for Enrollment in BIA and BIA Contract Schools, and Schools Receiving Support VIA the Johnson-O'Malley Act.
Latham, Glenn I.
Educational status of Indian students was found to be inferior to status of non-Indian students when measured by enrollment, attendance, dropout rate, and nonenrollment. The study found that Indian student enrollment had increased 2.3% from 1983 to 1984; average daily attendance was 4% less than for non-Indian students; dropout rates for Indian students in grades 9-12 was 33.2% in Bureau of Indian Affairs schools and 24.4% in public schools receiving Johnson-O'Malley funds; and an estimated 4.5% of Indian children were not enrolled in an educational program. Data for the study were gathered primarily from questionnaires returned by 41 Bureau of Indian Affairs or contract schools and 13 offices of education in states with schools receiving Johnson-O'Malley funds. Other data sources included onsite visits and telephone interviews with officials in agencies concerned with Indian education. The difficulties encountered in obtaining exact data about the Indian student population were described, including no universally accepted definition of Federally recognized Indians, no uniform data gathering or recordkeeping system for Indian students, no central data depository, fequent student transfers between schools, and variations in computation of average daily attendance. Tables and figures provide supplementary information. (LFL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Johnson O Malley Act