ERIC Number: ED309220
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Lost! An Initial Study of the Magnitude of and Reasons for Early School Leavers from the Chicago Public Schools. A Report to Illinois Attorney General Neil F. Hartigan.
Kyle, Charles L.; And Others
Although the Illinois school attendance statute does not allow youth to drop out of school before the age of 16 years, many of the students listed as chronic truants are actually dropouts. Computer analyses of school records in the Chicago Public Schools were conducted to assess the number of eighth graders who never entered ninth grade. Later, interviews were conducted with members of a team of parents serving as voluntary deputy truant officers who visited the homes of these "lost" eighth graders. The interviews focused on the reasons these young people gave for quitting school before ninth grade, and the strategies that parents and community members used to encourage them to re-enter school. The study found that in 1987 more that 2,000 eighth graders were "lost." These dropout cases were not officially recorded or cited in school reports. The students, statistically, fell through the cracks since the elementary schools keep no records of their whereabouts after they have finished grade eight. Four tables illustrate these data. Abstracts of 25 related articles are included. (VM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Loyola Univ., Chicago, IL.