ERIC Number: ED447218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Dropout Rates in Oregon High Schools: 1998-99 State Summary Report.
Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem.
Oregon school districts are required to report to the state Department of Education students who are identified as dropouts. Information is reported on each such student that makes it possible to describe dropouts with respect to several characteristics. The Department of Education summarizes these reports for grades 9 through 12 at school, district, county, and state levels. The state dropout rate for 1998-1999 was 6.59%, and the synthetic 4-year dropout rate for 1998-1999 was 21.70%. This is the third year of reporting under the state's new dropout definition. The dropout rate for Hispanic students was more than double the overall statewide rate, and Asian/Pacific Islander students continued to have the lowest dropout rate. A primary reason students drop out is a deficiency in credits toward a high school diploma. About one quarter of the dropouts had been enrolled in the school district for 1 year or less. The reasons most often cited for leaving were being too far behind in credits to catch up, working more than 15 hours a week, having a dysfunctional home life, lack of parental support, frequent discipline referrals, substance abuse, and pregnancy or early parenthood. The historic relationship between the statewide unemployment rate and the percent of juniors and seniors who withdraw from school suggests that the availability of jobs has a strong influence on the dropout rate. (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Dropout Rate, Dropouts, High Schools, Minority Groups, Racial Differences, School Districts, Student Characteristics
Oregon Department of Education, 255 Capitol Street NE, Salem, OR 97310-0203., Tel: 378-3310, ext. 485. For full text: http://www.ode.state.or.us/stats.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon