ERIC Number: ED461708
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Secondary School Completion and Dropouts in Texas Public Schools, 1998-99.
Kallus, Richard, Ed.
This annual report presents comprehensive findings about high school completion and non-completion in Texas public schools. It includes state summaries of the annual grades 7-12 dropout rate used in the accountability system and a new series of longitudinal high school completion/student status rates. The series includes four-year rates for graduates, recipients of General Educational Development certificates, and students who continue in school following their anticipated graduation date. Four-year dropout rates comprise the fourth component of the series. Also included are grade 9-12 and grade 7-12 attrition rates and results of Texas Education Agency (TEA) analyses of leaver data quality. In addition to statewide statistics, the report provides historical information about dropout policy in Texas and the evolution of the dropout definition used for accountability purposes. Common methods of measuring student progress through school are discussed, along with potential advantages and disadvantages associated with each measure. The report presents background information on TEA data collection, processing, and reporting and describes national requirements for dropout data. Finally, it summarizes reported reasons students drop out of school and outlines effective dropout prevention strategies. Eight appendixes present tables and data. (Contains 15 figures, 16 tables, and 30 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Accountability, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Rate, Dropouts, Graduation, High School Graduates, Public Schools, Secondary Education, Student Attrition, Tables (Data)
Texas Education Agency, Publications Department, 1701 North Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701-1494 ($12.50). Web site: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/research/abs2.htm.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas