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ERIC Number: ED312783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 23
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Dropouts Who Complete High School with a Diploma or GED.
Kolstad, Andrew; Kaufman, Phillip
Despite much research on dropouts, little information exists on the education of dropouts after they leave high school. That a substantial proportion of dropouts complete high school within a few years appears not to be widely known. Without understanding the nature and extent of this phenomenon, the severity and impact on society of the dropout problem may be overstated. According to survey data obtained from the third followup of the National Center for Education Statistics' High School and Beyond longitudinal study of 30,030 tenth grade students begun in 1980, 4 out of 9 dropouts (44 percent) returned and either completed high school diploma requirements or obtained a General Educational Development (GED) certificate by the spring of 1986. Of the dropouts who returned, approximately one-third received an institutional diploma and two-thirds passed the GED examination. Those dropouts who, in 1982, reported no further educational plans were less likely to complete high school later than were those who reported plans to pursue further education. Moreover, among early high school dropouts, only 28 percent later completed their education as compared to 42 percent of eleventh grade and 53 percent of twelfth grade dropouts who later obtained a diploma or GED certificate. (20 references) (KM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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