ERIC Number: ED399333
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Dropout Rate Study 1993-94. Annual Dropout Rates in Arizona Public Schools, Grades Seven through Twelve.
White, Jonathan B.
This study reports one-year dropout rates for Arizona school districts. Dropouts were counted on an 12-month basis from the end of the 1992-93 school year to the end of the 1993-94 school year. The total state enrollment covered in this study was 322,525 students in grades 7 through 12. There were 3,567 dropouts from the elementary grades (7 and 8), representing 3% of total elementary enrollment. Only 13.7% of these left school deliberately or were expelled; the status of more than four-fifths was not known, and it is assumed that many enrolled on other schools. There were 25,359 high school dropouts, 12.3% of high school enrollment. More than half (56.5%) were students whose status was unknown, while 39.3% chose to leave school. The number of dropouts was highest at the ninth-grade level, and the dropout rate was highest for ungraded students. Dropout rates varied significantly for ethnic groups, with Asian Americans least likely to drop out (5.1%), and American Indian students most likely to drop out (13.8%). There was little gender difference at the elementary level, but at the high school level, the male dropout rate was 2.1% above that for females. Statewide, the high school dropout rate was virtually unchanged from that of the preceding year. Rates decreased or remained constant in 52 school districts, and increased in the remaining 53 responding districts. Appendixes list districts alphabetically, by dropout rate, and elementary dropout rate, and discuss calculation methodology. (Contains 6 charts and 12 tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Dept. of Education, Phoenix.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona