ERIC Number: ED333076
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Plans of the 1988 Graduates, Los Angeles Unified School District. Publication No. 539.
Renfrue, William; And Others
This study surveyed 17,787 graduating seniors in the Los Angeles (California) Unified School District about their plans following graduation and their perceptions of the effectiveness of their high school education. Responses are summarized for the entire district, and by sex, by ethnic group, and by type of high school. The following key findings are presented: (1) about 11 percent reported that they had "A" averages while in high school, 47 percent that they had "B" averages, 20 percent that they had "C" averages, and 1 percent that they had "D" averages; (2) 3,032 (17 percent) had considered dropping out; (3) most of those who had considered dropping out had done so because of problems with other students; (4) a majority of those who had changed their minds about dropping out had done so because of teacher encouragement; (5) about 30 percent planned to attend four-year colleges; (6) 3,860 college-bound students had been promised financial aid; (7) about 8 percent planned to work part- or full-time and not attend school; (8) 1,083 planned to have business-related jobs; (9) lack of student interest was cited as the biggest problem facing high school students; (10) location was cited as the best feature of their high schools; (11) 66 percent worked part- or full-time while in high school; and (12) the condition of school buildings, the school's reputation in the community, and school spirit were most frequently cited as "excellent." Statistical data are presented in two graphs and numerous tables. The survey questionnaire is appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Unified School District, CA. Research and Evaluation Branch.