ERIC Number: EJ1061933
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
Why Did the Black-White Dropout Gap Widen in the 2000s?
Suh, Suhyun; Malchow, Ashley; Suh, Jingyo
Educational Research Quarterly, v37 n4 p19-40 Jun 2014
This research investigates causes of the widening Black-White gap in dropout rates during the 2000s using two cohorts of National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth, NLSY79 and NLSY97. The authors found four factors which contributed to the widening of the Black-White gap: school suspension policies, peer impact, fatherless households, and the student-teacher relationship. Logistic regression and decomposition analysis suggests that the gap would have been narrowed by 2.62% if all conditions had remained the same. This implies that factors that have been considered to impact the Black-White gap in the past do not fully explain the current racial gap. Ongoing and potential societal changes demand a new research model to understand the racial gap.
Descriptors: Dropout Rate, Dropout Research, African American Students, White Students, Cohort Analysis, Longitudinal Studies, National Surveys, Achievement Gap, Performance Factors, Racial Differences, Suspension, Peer Influence, One Parent Family, Teacher Student Relationship, Regression (Statistics), Predictor Variables, Secondary School Students, College Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth