ERIC Number: ED458705
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Issues Concerning Public School Dropouts in South Texas.
Johnson, Wynette; Thomas, Linda; Tintera, Ping-Jung
The identification of dropouts and dropout rates, the characteristics of students who drop out, and their reasons for leaving high school are not easily determined. A study examined the perceptions of school district personnel regarding the annual dropout rate and the longitudinal dropout rate in the 38 districts of Regions 1 and 2 of Texas. It attempted to determine what procedures are used to identify student dropouts, how personnel perceive the accuracy of the annual dropout rate reported by the state's Academic Excellence Indicator System, whether the annual or longitudinal calculation is preferred, and what problems exist in developing a procedure for the longitudinal calculation. A survey instrument was developed and sent to principals of high schools. The survey consisted of yes-or-no questions, open-ended comments, multiple-choice questions, and a checklist. The data received are depicted as frequency distributions, percentages, and number of responses, often in graph and chart format. The longitudinal rate appears to be more likely to be accurate, but student mobility is one of the most difficult variables to control. It is very difficult to track students who leave the state or never show up for school. Appendixes include: Letter to Superintendents, Consent Form from Superintendent, Letter to Principals, Survey to high School Principals, and Survey of Dropout Procedures in Regions 1 and 2 Results. (Contains 24 references.) (RKJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., Corpus Christi. South Texas Research and Development Center.
Identifiers - Location: Texas