ERIC Number: ED343042
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Dropout Study 1990-91.
Claus, Richard N.; Quimper, Barry E.
This study examined dropout rates for the School District of the City of Saginaw, Michigan. Although a longitudinal study of dropouts has been conducted by the school district for over 25 years, this study begins a new format to coincide with State requirements. The dropout rate is defined as the percentage of students in grades 9-12 who leave school in any one year, adjusting for those who move in and out of the district and to alternative programs. Of Saginaw's 3,178 secondary students in grades 9-12, 203 voluntarily terminated their high school education between October 5, 1990 and September 27, 1991. Of that number, 24 were 9th grade students at the junior high level, and 179 were senior high students. Of the 203 dropouts, approximately 58% were male and 42% female. The greatest number of dropouts (72) occurred at 10th grade. The smallest number and percent of students dropping out at a grade level occurred at 9th grade (24). Seventeen-year-olds comprised the largest group of students dropping out at any age level. Black students comprised the largest enrollment group and the largest group dropping out. The percent of Hispanic dropouts was slightly greater than their percentage of district enrollment. The most frequently cited reason given for students dropping out was "lack of interest." The appendixes provide forms to be used in collecting dropout data. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saginaw Public Schools, MI. Dept. of Evaluation Services.