ERIC Number: ED395071
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
A Study of Risk Factors among High School Students in American Samoa.
Kawakami, Alice J.; And Others
This study provides a profile of variables related to the status of students at risk of failure in public high schools in American Samoa during the 1993-94 school year. It is part of a larger study looking at high schools in some of the 10 American-affiliated Pacific political entities. In American Samoa, data were collected from 50 student records and interviews with 62 students (30 at-risk and 32 not at-risk), 40 families, 5 school principals, 48 teachers, and 19 community leaders. Because of the small sample size in American Samoa, many of the variables expected to affect at-risk status could not be analyzed through statistical means. Variables that appeared to be related to students' at-risk status based on response frequencies included: (1) previous academic performance; (2) language spoken in the home; (3) school attitude and behavioral problems; (4) absenteeism; (5) emotional abuse and neglect; (6) comments made about school at home; (7) alcohol abuse; (8) family relationships; (9) family configuration; (10) family responsibilities; (11) language of instruction; (12) teachers' years of experience; and (13) tutoring services. Recommendations include: (1) schools, parents, and communities must work together to demonstrate the value of education and the benefits of strong study habits and school learning; (2) they must also collaborate to provide counseling services to students and their families, improve the quality of instruction through staff development, and increase parent involvement in the educational process; and (3) schools must work to resolve high absenteeism and improve its recordkeeping systems in order to provide students with a comprehensive and effective educational program. (Contains 18 tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pacific Region Educational Lab., Honolulu, HI.
Identifiers - Location: American Samoa