ERIC Number: ED435521
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct-25
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High School Drop Out Factors and Effects: An Analysis of a Small School in Rural Illinois.
Jancek, Richard L.
All dropouts from Hiawatha High School (Kirkland, Illinois) in the last 3 years were surveyed to determine why they dropped out and what the school could do to deter students from dropping out. Nationally, dropping out is related to poverty, lack of parental support, drug abuse, learning disabilities, and a history of poor school performance. Dropouts are most likely to be male, Hispanic, low-income, and from the South. Hiawatha had an annual enrollment of 150-200 students, of which 98 percent were White and 6 percent were low-income. Recent graduating classes contained 29-56 students. The 11 dropouts from the past 3 years expressed satisfaction with the school and attributed their inability to stay in school to their own personal situation or lack of effort. None had any suggestions for change that would have kept them in school. Of the 11, 4 had earned or were working on a diploma or GED. All were working or were in the military. The relationship of educational attainment to income is briefly discussed, as well as the possible relationship between dropping out and increases in the minimum wage. Recent changes at Hiawatha that may work to prevent dropouts include adoption of the 8-block (A/B days) scheduling model, increased student support services, a remediation program for grades 7-12, and after-school tutoring services. (Contains 19 references.) (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois