ERIC Number: ED424664
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Student Mobility in Texas Public Schools. Statewide Texas Educational Progress Study Report No. 3.
Texas Education Agency, Austin. Div. of Research and Evaluation.
Student mobility is defined as student enrollment at different schools between or within the school year. A study of Texas students' mobility is offered. Although the study focused primarily on within-year student mobility, longitudinal issues were examined by following first-grade students of 1991-92 through the 1995-96 school year. The research found that in the 1994-95 school year there were 3.8 million students enrolled for at least some period during the year in a Texas public school. Sixteen percent of them moved at least once during the year, about one in six during a 12-month period. Assuming that each instance of student mobility coincided with residential mobility, then the overall student-mobility rate in Texas was higher than the national rate (20 percent versus 16.7 percent). Mobility rates also varied with ethnicity and gender, with male students evincing higher mobility than female students and whites demonstrating a lower overall mobility rate (14 percent) than either African-Americans (20 percent) or Hispanics (18 percent). Based on the results, it was recommended that by limiting the frequency of moves and by timing moves to coincide with changes in the school year, parents may be able to mitigate the negative relationship between changing schools and students' academic performance. (RJM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Longitudinal Studies, Public Schools, State Surveys, Student Mobility, Transfer Students
Texas Education Agency, Publications Distribution, P.O. Box 13817, Austin, TX 78711-3817 ($6).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Div. of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: Texas