ERIC Number: ED311135
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Plans of the 1986 Graduates. Los Angeles Unified School District. Publication No. 490.
Renfroe, William; Weisbender, Leo
This document comprises a report of the postgraduation plans of seniors in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and their opinions about their high school education. A sample of 20,131 seniors, (response rate of 77 percent) responded to a three-part, 59-item questionnaire. Findings are arranged in the following order: (1) total group; (2) student groups (male/female and ethnic categories); and (3) school summaries. School findings are reported for individual regular high schools and for nonregular high schools, which include the following: (1) continuation high schools; (2) opportunity high schools; (3) schools of choice; and (4) schools for the handicapped. The following summary findings are reported: (1) 10 percent completed all their education in LAUSD; (2) 73 percent had attended the school in which they were enrolled since grade 10; (3) 3,052 had considered dropping out; (4) 71 percent of those who had considered dropping out changed their minds because they believed it was important to graduate from high school; (5) 36 percent planned to attend four-year college full-time; (6) the seniors named 233 vocational/technical schools or colleges they planned to attend; (7) 2,259 college-bound seniors had been promised financial aid; (8) seven percent worked part- or full-time while in high school; (9) 1,254 planned to have jobs in the computer field; (10) lack of student interest was cited as the biggest problem facing high schools; (11) the quality of education was cited by 3,482 as the best feature of their high schools; and (12) 14 percent rated their school excellent, 54 percent rated their schools good, 28 percent rated their schools fair, and 4 percent rated their schools poor. A copy of the survey questionnaire is appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Unified School District, CA. Research and Evaluation Branch.