ERIC Number: ED319827
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr-8
Reference Count: 0
High School Dropouts among Foreign-Born Whites, Hispanics, and Asians.
Rong, Xue Lan; Preissle-Goetz, Judith
An examination of the characteristics of foreign-born White, Hispanic, and Asian high school dropouts between the ages of 16 and 21 indicates that English language proficiency, age at immigration, and family language background are all related to the likelihood of dropping out. Statistical data were analyzed for a subsample of 519 foreign-born 16- to 20-year-olds drawn from the 1981 Census Public Use Tape, comprised of 197 White, 217 Hispanic, and 105 Asian youth. (Blacks were not included because there were only two foreign-born Blacks in the age range examined). The following summary conclusions are discussed: (1) age and sex were not related to dropping out, but being married at an early age was related to dropping out for the overall group as well as for Hispanics and Asians but not for Whites; (2) educational attainment was related to dropping out for the overall group and especially for Hispanics, nearly 25 percent of whom never started high school; and (3) age at the time of immigration, limited English proficiency, language spoken during childhood, and language currently spoken at home were related to dropping out for the overall group as well as for Whites and Hispanics but not for Asians. The effect of ethnicity combined with family socioeconomic status, while possibly significant, especially for Hispanic students, could not be determined because of lack of data. A list of 40 references and 4 tables of statistical data are appended. (FMW)
Descriptors: Asian American Students, Asian Americans, Dropout Research, Dropouts, High School Students, High Schools, Hispanic American Students, Hispanic Americans, Immigrants, Minority Group Children, Predictor Variables, Racial Differences, White Students
Xue Lan Rong, University of Georgia, Q308 Rogers Road, Athens, GA 30605.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).