ERIC Number: ED424665
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
High School Completion Rates: Investigating a Longitudinal Performance Measure for Texas Schools. Policy Research Report Number 8.
Texas Education Agency, Austin. Office of Policy Planning and Research.
Texas's education commissioner initiated a research study to investigate the possibility of replacing the dropout rate with a school-completion rate in the accountability system. The report provides an overview of school success indicators, along with an analysis of Texas data using a school-completion methodology. Following a review of school success/completion indicators, the advantages and disadvantages of the proposed school-completion methodology, along with issues related to incorporating the indicator into the Texas public education accountability system, are discussed. The text explores the issues surrounding the use of a longitudinal performance measure in the Texas integrated accountability system and provides a detailed discussion of high school completion rates. Consideration of a longitudinal performance measure raises several issues regarding the data used in calculating the measure, the methodology of a longitudinal measure, and the process of transitioning the measure into the school accountability system. The report concludes with some assumptions surrounding high school completion rates, such as unreported withdrawals not being treated as dropouts and students with alternate personal identification numbers being removed from analysis. District category descriptions and data on completion rates are provided. (RJM)
Descriptors: Dropout Rate, Educational Attainment, Evaluation Criteria, High School Graduates, High Schools, Longitudinal Studies, Outcomes of Education, Performance Factors, Secondary Education
Texas Education Agency, Publications Distribution, P.O. Box 13817, Austin, TX 78711-3817 ($4).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Office of Policy Planning and Research.
Identifiers - Location: Texas