ERIC Number: ED369023
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Dropout Study 1992-93. An Approved Report of the Department of Evaluation, Testing, and Research.
Claus, Richard N.; Quimper, Barry E.
This is the third edition of a new generation of reports on dropouts for the school district of Saginaw, Michigan. The dropout rate is specified as the percentage of students who leave school in any one year, adjusting for those who moved in and out of the district, whereas retention rate is defined as the percentage of ninth graders who graduate from high school within four years. Of Saginaw's 2,849 secondary students, 4.9% voluntarily terminated their high school education from October 3, 1992 to September 24, 1993. All of these dropouts were senior high students, with 36.4% of this group being 17 year olds. Of the total, 66% were male and 34% were female. Systemwide the number and percent of male dropouts was 1.9 times that of females; the rate of females dropping out is declining while the rate of males is increasing. Black students comprised the largest enrollment group--54.6% of all students--and they constituted the largest group dropping out, i.e., 60.7% of all dropouts. The most cited reason given by students for dropping out was "lack of interest." No students dropped out due to expulsion, marriage, parental influence, academic failure, poor peer relationships, poor pupil staff relationships, military service, or employment. The study recommends methods for more accurate counting and suggests ways to curtail dropping out. Also included are eight appendices which summarize dropout and retention data, an example of pupil head count reports, and dropout statistics by gender, grade, school year, school, racial/ethnic background, and reason. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saginaw Public Schools, MI. Dept. of Evaluation Services.