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ERIC Number: ED312305
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Variables Associated with Students Being Classified as "At Risk."
Goll, Paulette S.; And Others
Data from the 1988 Phi Delta Kappa National Research Study on at-risk students were used in an analysis of variables associated with being classified as "at risk." The study collected information on over 22,000 at-risk and not-at-risk students from 274 schools and 9,600 teachers from across the United States. This analysis identified variables that had a significant correlation with students not being promoted (since not being promoted is a significant predictor of dropping out) and identified the relative importance of these variables in predicting patterns of non-promotion for grades 4, 7, and 10. The seven variables taken from the study questionnaire were: (1) number of times a student is not promoted; (2) number of siblings; (3) number of siblings who dropped out; (4) number of schools attended in the last 5 years; (5) age relative to grade level; (6) number of days absent in the 1987-88 school year; and (7) number of times suspended in that school year. Overall, absence and suspension were the two variables with the most impact on non-promotion and classification as "at-risk." These two variables were national in scope, and not simply the problems of large urban schools. Students are at risk because their disruptive behavior results in suspensions, and because they are not attending school. A matrix data sheet for the student survey and a table of correlation coefficients are included. (SLD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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