ERIC Number: ED363494
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
South Dakota Dropout Study, 1991-92.
South Dakota State Dept. of Education and Cultural Affairs, Pierre.
The South Dakota State Department of Education and Cultural Affairs collected information on dropouts for the 1991-92 school year from all South Dakota schools and school districts providing instruction for grades 7-12. This included 178 public school districts and 44 nonpublic schools. Dropout rates were calculated as the number of dropouts in the school year divided by the accumulative enrollment. Overall dropout rates for grades 7-12 were 2.1 percent for public schools and 9.2 percent for nonpublic schools. Dropout rates by ethnic group were 12.8 percent for American Indians, 3.3 percent for "other minorities," and 1.5 percent for Whites. When specified, the most prevalent reason for dropping out was exceeding allowable absences. The greatest incidence of dropping out occurred in 10th grade. The youngest dropouts tended to be female. American Indian females dropped out in higher numbers than American Indian males. In other ethnic categories, male dropouts outnumbered females. Sections of this report present: (1) definitions of who is counted as a dropout and types of dropout rates; (2) graphs and charts portraying percent of dropouts by ethnicity and sex, number of dropouts by grade and by month in which they dropped out, number of dropouts above normal age of classmates, and reasons for dropping out; and (3) a map of school districts categorized by dropout rate and charts of public and nonpublic dropout rates by school district and ethnic group. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Dakota State Dept. of Education and Cultural Affairs, Pierre.
Identifiers - Location: South Dakota