ERIC Number: ED311131
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Retention Patterns in the Los Angeles Unified School District. June 1987. Publication No. 522.
Pike, Daniel W.; Weisbender, Leo
This document comprises a report on retention patterns in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) showing the number and percentage of students retained in grade at the conclusion of the 1986-87 school year. Retention and enrollment data were collected from annual reports filed by all schools. Differences in sex, ethnicity, and grade level were analyzed, and differences across years were studied for longitudinal trends. The following findings are reported: (1) in June 1987, 29,786 students were retained; (2) the district retention rate dropped from 5.60 percent in June 1984 to 5.06 percent in June 1987; (3) the retention rate for elementary and senior high school students dropped from last year, while retentions for junior high school students rose slightly; (4) approximately 59 percent of those retained were males; (5) retention rates for high school students (grades 9-12) were several times higher than for elementary (K-6) or junior high (6-9) students; (6) the greatest number of elementary students were retained in grade 1; (7) most secondary students were retained in grade 10 (22.63 percent) and grade 9 (20.03 percent); and (8) although the percentage of black students retained dropped from 6.67 percent in 1986 to 6.07 percent in 1987, these students had the highest retention rate. The appendices comprise a copy of the LAUSD retention policy and five tables of statistical data. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Unified School District, CA. Research and Evaluation Branch.