ERIC Number: ED298411
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Feb
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Students Who Dropped Out of San Juan Dstrict.
Widmann, Jeffrey C.; Housden, Theresa M.
In June, 1987, the San Juan (California) Unified School District's Research and Evaluation Department prepared a summary of dropout data available which indicated that San Juan's dropout rate was between 22 and 25 percent over a 3-year period. In the fall of 1987, the department conducted a study of the characteristics of students who had dropped out of the district. Subjects consisted of 103 students who had dropped out of high school in the 1986-1987 school year and 31 students who had dropped out and were in the process of reentering district programs. Most of the students who dropped out had been in the district since elementary school, but had attended several district schools. They generally reported their school experiences to be more positive at the elementary level when compared to intermediate and high school. Many students reported difficulty moving from intermediate to high school. An exceptionally high percentage of students had been retained, with over 50% of the boys having repeated a grade at least once. Many subjects reported that their schools could have done nothing to help them stay in school. The reasons students gave for dropping out fell into the areas of school-related, family, and personal problems. Findings suggest that there is no single dropout profile and that many students leave school for other than academic reasons. Most dropouts in the study reported that they would advise potential dropouts to stay in school. A large number of the students were back in school again or had already graduated. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: San Juan Unified School District, Carmichael, CA.