ERIC Number: ED445308
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug-29
Reference Count: N/A
Clark County School District 1999 Dropout Phone Survey Report.
Chairez, Maria; Brown, Randy
In response to the problem of school dropout, a Las Vegas school district initiated a Dropout Prevention Plan, a multi-strategy approach to reduce the number of students dropping out of school. The approaches used included staff development; after-school programs for students; community outreach; and targeted middle school interventions. It was determined that these measures were insufficient in reducing the dropout rate without an understanding of why students were dropping out. A study was designed to contact and survey all non-returning students using telephone interviews. Results of these interviews were significantly greater than anticipated. (Not all non-returning students were contacted so there are some limitations in the data.) Overall, the results demonstrated the importance of contacting students who do not return to school. The paper offers suggestions on how best to proceed with this goal. Other findings from the survey include: (1) the dropout rate was inflated due to high student transiency; (2) students leave school to work in response to economic pressures; and (3) it is best to call non-returning students during the first few months of school. (Contains 6 tables and 6 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV.