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ERIC Number: ED312303
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct-20
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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School Dropout Rates, Academic Performance, Size, and Poverty: Correlates of Educational Reform.
Fetler, Mark
Educational policy makers have questioned the effects of school reform on at-risk students and suggested that higher academic standards may be associated with greater numbers of dropouts. This study examines school average dropout rates for 2 consecutive years in conjunction with percent aid to families with dependent children (AFDC), total enrollment, academic achievement, and academic course enrollments for all of California's regular public high schools. The data reflect the 1985-86 and the 1986-87 school years. Most of the high schools involved contain grades 9 and above, but they may infrequently include grades 7 and 8 as well. Both percent AFDC and total enrollment were associated with higher dropout rates. Higher achievement was associated with lower dropout rates even after statistically controlling percent AFDC and total enrollment. The year-to-year stability of school dropout rates and their correlations with other study variables were assessed. The findings suggest that school effectiveness measures that result in higher achievement may also enhance the effectiveness of dropout treatment programs. Three tables and one figure present dropout information. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California