ERIC Number: ED471513
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov-21
Reference Count: N/A
Pushing Out At-Risk Students: An Analysis of High School Discharge Figures.
High numbers of high school students are leaving New York City public schools without graduating. Some school officials are encouraging students to leave regular high school programs, despite their being of school age and have the right to receive appropriate literacy, support, and educational services through the public school system. This report explores data documenting New York City students who have been designated as discharged from the school system. More than 160,000 high school age students were discharged during the 2000-2001, 1999-1998, and 1998-1997 school years. Anecdotal evidence suggests that many of these discharges are forced push-outs by school administrators of students who have a legal right to remain in school. Both students and parents complain that there is no process for the discharge, they are never informed of their rights to remain in school until age 21 years, and they are not offered support services. In 2001, 79 out of 205 high schools and retrieval programs had exceptionally high discharge numbers (31 discharged more than they graduated). Discharge rates were significantly higher than dropout rates. Recent school policy changes that created higher standards for graduation may contribute to the discharge phenomenon. Many of the discharged students attend General Equivalency Diploma (GED) programs. The report concludes with the recommendation that the Department of Education should conduct an analysis of the discharge rate including demographics of discharged students, reasons for discharge, whether students discharged were disabled, English Language Learners, or had special needs.(SM)
Descriptors: Dropouts, Graduation, High Risk Students, High School Equivalency Programs, Public Schools, Secondary Education, Student Rights, Urban Schools
Advocates for Children of New York, Inc., 151 West 30th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Web site: http://www.advocatesforchildren.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Advocates for Children of New York, Inc., Long Island City.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)