ERIC Number: ED318595
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Dropout Retrieval Report: Thoughts on Dropout Prevention and Retrieval.
Salerno, Anne; Fink, Mary
The present high school graduation rate for migrant students is approximately 50%, as compared to the 90% dropout rate of 20 years ago. Migrant Education's success has encouraged recent changes in funding to extend services to those youths between 17 and 21 who have not graduated. Attempts to draw dropout youths back to regular or alternative schools must take into account the reasons the students had for dropping out. Three leading indicators of students at high risk of dropping out are: (1) they are old for their age group; (2) they show poor academic achievement; and (3) they have low socio-economic status. Economic and cultural pressures not only increase the students' chances for leaving early, but also increase the difficulties of luring them back. This report presents summaries of interviews of 13 experienced migrant educators conducted by staff of the Migrant Education Secondary Assistance (MESA) project. The educators presented ideas for administrative and educational practices that could be effective in increasing the number of dropouts returning to educational programs, including: (1) the work study concept; (2) flexible scheduling; (3) the dropout prevention specialist or advisor role; (4) community involvement; (5) role models; (6) parent involvement; and (7) a pre-General Educational Development Test (GED) program. (ALL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC. Migrant Education Programs.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Geneseo. Coll. at Geneseo. Migrant Center.; Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee.