ERIC Number: ED377394
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jul-15
Current Employment and Future Plans of High School Students. Eye on Evaluation. E&R Report.
As part of an evaluation of the Alcohol and Drug Defense Program, a survey was conducted of 948 high school students in the Wake County Public School System, Raleigh, North Carolina. Of the 114 questions on the survey, 12 were related to students' after-school employment, current course grades, and future plans after high school graduation. Answers to questions about students' plans after high school indicated the following: approximately 74 percent planned to attend college; 9 percent planned to attend technical school; only 4.5 percent planned to get a job; and females were slightly more likely to plan to go to college. Concerning the employment status of the students, there was a clear link between the number of hours of employment per week and students earning lower grades. Students whose total work hours exceeded 20 per week were less than half as likely as nonworking students to be earning mostly As and Bs; students who worked 15-20 hours per week on school nights were less than half as likely as nonworking students to be earning mostly As and Bs. Consistent patterns of increasing work hours across grade levels, the high expectations students reported for college attendance, and gender differences in both grades earned and hours worked lend more support to the interpretation of "hours worked" as the causal factor in lower grades. (Six bar graphs illustrate future plans, percentage of students who work, hours worked, student grades, and percentage earning As and Bs.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wake County Public Schools System, Raleigh, NC. Dept. of Evaluation and Research.