ERIC Number: ED278739
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
High School Dropouts: A National Concern.
Peng, Samuel S.
In recent years, more than 25 percent of potential graduates--more than one million youngsters annually--left school without graduating. The dropout rate is even higher for Blacks, Hispanics and students from families of lower socioeconomic status. Since the dropout problem is closely related to broad social issues, such as youth unemployment, transition of youth into the labor market, intergroup disparities in economic opportunities, higher labor productivity and increased competitiveness of American industries, an effort to obtain information needed to describe and understand the dropout phenomenon would be a prudent investment for our society. Toward that goal, this paper synthesizes statistical information from a variety of sources. Eight statistical tables are included. The following dropout issues are discussed: (1) the difficulty of making accurate estimates because of the variety of definitions and measurements used; (2) the extent of the problem; and (3) reasons for dropping out. In general, dropping out of school limits economic opportunity. Many dropouts recognize this limitation and eventually seek further training. (PS)
Descriptors: Black Students, Continuation Students, Dropout Characteristics, Economically Disadvantaged, Employment Opportunities, Family Income, High Risk Students, High School Students, High Schools, Hispanic Americans, Minority Group Children, Reentry Students, Student School Relationship, Youth Employment
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Atlanta Area School for the Deaf, GA.