ERIC Number: ED450222
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct-15
Reference Count: N/A
The Minnesota High School Follow-Up Survey. A Digest of Information Based on the Education Experiences of the Minnesota High School Classes of 1997-1999. Trend Report.
Minnesota State Dept. of Children, Families, and Learning, St. Paul.
A follow-up study of the high school classes of 1997, 1998, and 1999 found Minnesota education faced peak enrollment numbers of 72,000-74,000, but numbers were projected to level off and decrease. Although graduating classes would remain predominantly white for the foreseeable future, the state was moving toward greater racial diversity, with students of color projected to reach 19 percent by 2008. The proportion of male and female students was expected to remain almost evenly divided. Females demonstrated considerably higher educational attainment. Family earnings were positively correlated with educational attainment and labor force participation. A majority of parents reported involvement in children's learning. Students showed a strong interest in experiential learning and rated teaching quality above average to excellent. Virtually all students participated in at least one work- or service-based learning experience. In the three years of the follow-up study, the proportion of Minnesota seniors who planned to work after graduating continued to rise. The almost universal aspiration (of 96 percent) was to attend college, but fewer than 30 percent actually did. While career aspirations were highly diverse, males and females tended to cluster around a few key fields, including teaching (most popular for females) and engineering (most popular for males). A majority of students rated goal setting as the most critical skill for meeting their fall plans. (The report also contains 51 figures, an overview of the study system, and research methodology.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Career Education, Career Planning, Educational Attainment, Experiential Learning, Family Characteristics, Family Influence, Followup Studies, Goal Orientation, Graduate Surveys, High School Graduates, High Schools, Occupational Aspiration, One Parent Family, Parent Participation, Parent Student Relationship, Service Learning, State Programs, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Student Characteristics
For full text: http://cfl.state.mn.us/stw/hstrend.pdf.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Children, Families, and Learning, St. Paul.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota