ERIC Number: ED460220
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Attainment of Foster Youth: Achievement and Graduation Outcomes for Children in State Care.
Burley, Mason; Halpern, Mina
This report summarizes findings from a statewide analysis of the educational attainment of foster youth in Washington's public school system. It analyzes various factors related to educational success, comparing the outcomes of youth in long-term foster care with the state's school-age population. The report merges data from the child welfare system and the public schools to detail the educational experience of students, including foster youth, from elementary school through high school completion. On average, foster youth score 15 to 20 percentile points below non-foster youth on statewide achievement tests. Only 59 percent of foster youth enrolled in 11th grade complete high school by the end of grade 12. The completion rate for non-foster youth is 86 percent. At both the elementary and secondary levels, twice as many foster youth have repeated a grade, changed schools during the year, or enrolled in special education programs compared with non-foster youth. A youth's length of stay in foster care and other placement characteristics do not appear to relate to educational attainment. Three appendices present regression results for schoolwide assessments, long-term foster youth assessments, and grade 11 high school completion. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Attainment, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Influence, Foster Children, Graduation, Individual Characteristics, Outcomes of Education, Public Schools, Special Education
Washington State Institute for Public Policy, 110 East Fifth Avenue, Suite 214, P.O. Box 40999, Olympia, WA 98504-0999. Tel: 360-586-2677; Fax: 360-586-2793; Web site: http://www.wsipp.wa.gov.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Institute for Public Policy, Olympia, WA.
Identifiers - Location: Washington