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ERIC Number: ED442835
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
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Collecting and Reporting Dropout Data in Louisiana.
Franklin, Bobby J.; Kochan, Susan
This paper describes the design and function of Louisiana's statewide student-level database, the Student Information System (SIS). In Louisiana the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted the dropout definition of the National Center for Education Statistics for use by all Louisiana public schools in the 1989-1990 school year. In 1993, the state implemented the SIS, and in 1994-1995 the state began reporting dropout statistics extracted from the SIS, bringing state dropout reporting into compliance with federal dropout definitions. The SIS consists of individualized records on the nearly 800,000 students enrolled in Louisiana public schools statewide. The SIS makes it possible to track all students through identification numbers (usually the Social Security number) and record suspensions and expulsions as well as dropouts. Examination of the past 5 years of dropout statistics indicates a sharp increase in Louisiana's dropout rate between 1994-1995 and 1995-1996. This dramatic increase is due to systemic changes in the procedure used to collect and report data. The SIS now is an effective and sophisticated method for tracking the movement of students through the public education process. An appendix contains definitions for SIS entry and exit codes. (Contains 3 figures and 11 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana