ERIC Number: ED323646
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar-15
Reference Count: 0
Changing High School--An Alternative to Dropping Out.
Burkham, David T.; Lee, Valerie E.
Transferring from one high school to another may be an important alternative to dropping out. While the public school dropout rate is over four times the dropout rate in Catholic schools, the percentages of transfer students reveal a different scenario. With transfer rates nearly three times their drop out rates, the Catholic schools' reported success with holding at-risk students in school may not be as complete as previously believed. To determine whether transfer behavior is an alternative or a precursor to dropping out of school, data were obtained from the High School and Beyond longitudinal study (initiated in 1980 by the Center of Educational Statistics) regarding the first followup in 1982 of the sophomore cohort. The results for both the private and the Catholic sector indicate that females are less likely to drop out or to transfer, blacks are the most prevalent among the transfers, and Hispanics are the most likely to drop out. Among the public school students, just under 47 percent of the in-school students display above average at-riskness, but 60 percent of the transfer students--and over 82 percent of the dropouts--display students above average at-riskness. A similar scenario exists in the Catholic sector. Transfer students (from either sector) are poised between the extremes of remaining in school and dropping out altogether. (48 references) (KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990). Contains some small print which may reproduce poorly.