ERIC Number: ED435776
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Attrition Rates in Texas Public High Schools Still High.
IDRA Newsletter, v26 n9 Oct 1999
The percentage of students of all races and ethnicities lost from public school enrollment has worsened in Texas in recent years. This paper presents major findings from a recent attrition study by the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA). It also restates recommendations from the IDRA policy brief, "Missing Texas Youth --Dropout and Attrition Rates in Texas Public High Schools," and looks at dropout information from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), including the new 'leaver' record system. The attrition rate is 27 percent higher than it was in 1985-86, when it was 33 percent. Since 1985, more than 1.3 million students have been lost from Texas public schools due to attrition. Black, Hispanic, and male students were the most likely to be lost from public high school enrollment. After discussing what the TEA report does and does not say about student attrition, the paper presents recommendations for improving state dropout accounting. Some of the recommendations include: revising the goal of the state dropout program; modifying state policy requirements; modifying the state education agency procedure for computing the actual state longitudinal dropout rate; requiring that a school district's longitudinal dropout rate be tied to the state's accountability system; and requiring that the state education agency collect and disseminate information on local districts' dropout prevention and recovery efforts. (SM)
Descriptors: Dropout Prevention, Dropout Rate, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Enrollment Trends, Public Schools, School Districts, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, State Departments of Education, Student Attrition
Intercultural Development Research Association, 5835 Callaghan Road, Suite 350, San Antonio, TX 78228-1190.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Intercultural Development Research Association, San Antonio, TX.
Identifiers - Location: Texas