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ERIC Number: EJ854358
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0195-7597
Chapter 2: Youth with Disabilities Leaving Secondary School
Wagner, Mary
Journal for Vocational Special Needs Education, v27 n2 p24-29 Win 2005
Dropout statistics for 1986 indicated that only 55% of dropouts under age 20 were employed, only 31% of male dropouts and one in seven female dropouts were working full-time, and although dropouts were fewer than 20% of the adult population, they constituted 66% of the national prison population. Since that time, the economic costs of dropping out have risen markedly as the workplace increasingly demands better-skilled and more technologically savvy workers. Data reported by the states to the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) annually suggest that efforts since the mid 1990s are paying off. OSEP reports that in the 1999-2000 school year, the dropout rate among youth with disabilities was 29.4%, a decline of 4.7 percentage points over 5 years (U.S. Department of Education, 2002). A comparison of findings regarding school completion from National Longitudinal Transition Study (NLTS) and the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2) permits a longer view of the changing pattern of school completion from 1987 through 2003. It also draws on reports of individual youth with disabilities or their parents, rather than relying on aggregate statistics, which can underestimate dropout rates. In this article, the author identifies the rates at which youth with disabilities left high school in a 2-year period. Rates are calculated by dividing the number of youth reported to have left school in a particular way (e.g., by graduating) by the total number of youth who had left school. Rates are reported for youth with different primary disability classifications, and who differ in age, gender, household income, and race/ethnicity, when significant. (Contains 6 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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