ERIC Number: ED306515
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
No-Shows and Dropouts over Summer Vacation: A Report of the Dallas ISD's Efforts To Locate, Document, and Recover Students Who Drop Out of Schools over Summer Vacation.
Olson, George H.; And Others
In the fall of 1988, the Dallas (Texas) Independent School District mounted an initiative to locate, document, and possibly recover students who did not return to school following summer vacation as expected (no-shows). A scan of the district's student database yielded 7,105 secondary school no-shows and 7,880 elementary school no-shows. Rosters of no-shows were prepared, by school, and delivered to the offices of the assistant superintendents to be distributed to their respective schools. School personnel identified no-shows as not located, private school, alternative school, public school outside of Dallas, moved out, dropped out, pushout (suspended, expelled, incarcerated, or institutionalized student), health/death, district (student attended school elsewhere in the district), and other. Of the 7,105 secondary school no-shows, only 300 were returned without having been classified. Recovery efforts were undertaken and, by January 11, 1989, nearly 30% of no-shows were back in school. Of the 7,880 elementary school no-shows identified in September 1988, 5,096 were still outstanding in January 1989. Characteristics of no-shows and the disposition of no-shows at both the elementary and the secondary school levels were examined. The results: question the very high estimates of dropout rates that are often cited; suggest that the recovery of no-shows is not affected by extraordinary effort; and raise questions concerning the utility of including summer no-shows in counts of dropouts. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Dallas Independent School District, TX.
Identifiers - Location: Texas