ERIC Number: ED313947
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Dropout Rates in the United States: 1988. Analysis Report.
Frase, Mary J.
A national study examined the extent of the high school dropout problem and identified the students most likely to drop out before completing high school. Using three separate measures, the study found that on average, 4.4% of 10th-12th graders dropped out of high school annually in the years 1985-88, down about 2% from 1978; nearly 13% of all 16- to 24-year-olds were not in school and had not completed school in 1988, down from 16% in 1968; and among a sample of 1980 high school sophomores, 17% had not graduated by 1982, but 46% of these non-graduates had completed school by 1986. The study also found that: the dropout problem is particularly pressing among Hispanics and the rate is not declining; nearly one-third of Hispanics have completed no more than six years of school; overall dropout rates, particularly for blacks, have declined in the last decade; differences in dropout rates of blacks and whites have decreased significantly; dropout rates for whites and blacks are similar when individual and family background are taken into account; and dropout rates are higher in the South and West. The report presents data in graphs and tables with narrative. (MSE)
Descriptors: Blacks, Comparative Analysis, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Rate, High School Students, High Schools, Hispanic Americans, Minority Groups, National Surveys, Racial Differences, Regional Characteristics, Trend Analysis, Whites
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.