ERIC Number: ED275800
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr-16
Reference Count: 0
High School Dropouts Who Change Their Minds about School.
Kolstad, Andrew J.; Owings, Jeffrey A.
This study aimed to describe the following: (1) how many dropouts attempt to change the course of their lives by returning to complete their diploma requirements; (2) what kinds of dropouts return; and (3) how the subsequent activities of this group differ from those of dropouts who remained out of school. Those groups shown by previous research to be most likely to drop out were found to be least likely to return to their diploma requirements. The following factors characterized this high-risk group: (1) Black or Hispanic ethnicity; (2) below-average socioeconomic resources, (3) poorer test scores; (4) living in the West and Midwest (vs. the South and Northeast); and (5) living in rural or urban areas (vs. suburban areas). In general, male dropouts were more likely to return and finish high school than females (except among Whites, where they were equally likely). Among dropouts, those who completed diploma requirements were more likely to have done the following: (1) enrolled in postsecondary educational institutions; (2) enlisted in military service; or (3) obtained full-time employment. Dropping out is a reversible decision; this report concludes that there are good chances for success in working with dropouts to complete their schooling. The findings reported in this paper derive from the High School and Beyond project, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education's Center for Statistics. Several tables with graphs are provided. (LHW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.