ERIC Number: ED482665
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Do High-Stakes Tests Affect Students' Decisions To Drop Out of School? Evidence from NELS. Working Paper.
Reardon, Sean F.; Galindo, Claudia
This paper considers the effect of high stakes promotion tests on early high school dropout patterns. Analysis of data from the National Educational Longitudinal Survey of 1988, a nationally representative survey of 8th grade students in the United States, indicates that the presence of an 8th grade promotion test requirement is strongly associated with an increased probability of dropping out. This association persists even after controlling for a moderate range of school and individual level characteristics associated with dropping out. The difference in dropout rates between students taking and not taking promotion tests is not trivial, particularly for students with low achievement, low grade point average, and low socioeconomic status, where the difference in dropout probabilities is as much as two percentage points. (Contains 18 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Rate, Exit Examinations, Grade Point Average, High Risk Students, High Stakes Tests, Low Achievement, Low Income Groups, Secondary Education, Socioeconomic Status, Student Evaluation
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