ERIC Number: ED313649
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
What Do We Know About North Carolina Public School Dropouts?
The 1983 North Carolina Dropout Study and the 1988 North Carolina Follow-Up Dropout Study were conducted to provide baseline dropout data for North Carolina public high schools, to provide estimates of dropout rates, and to explore possible factors contributing to a student's decision to leave high school. The results of the 1983 study indicated that 26 to 28 percent of North Carolina public school ninth-graders did not graduate from a North Carolina public high school within the next 5 years. Students in the 1988 sample were classified as known graduates, known dropouts, and indeterminates. For the random sample of 2,011 students, the percentage of known graduates was 75.1 percent and the percentage of estimated graduates was 77 percent. The on-going At Risk Study (1987-1991) is being conducted to explore factors which put a student at risk of dropping out. School behavior and performance differences between graduates and dropouts were investigated, including grade retention, achievement test performance, and pre-school attendance. Student reported reasons for leaving school were also examined. Further steps should include support for efforts to achieve a standard definition of school dropout; local data collection; increased monitoring; evaluation of program effectiveness for at-risk students; sharing of information; and implementation of recent task force and legislative recommendations. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina