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ERIC Number: EJ968126
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
Switching Schools: Revisiting the Relationship between School Mobility and High School Dropout
Gasper, Joseph; DeLuca, Stefanie; Estacion, Angela
American Educational Research Journal, v49 n3 p487-519 Jun 2012
Youth who switch schools are more likely to demonstrate a wide array of negative behavioral and educational outcomes, including dropping out of high school. However, whether switching schools actually puts youth at risk for dropout is uncertain, since youth who switch schools are similar to dropouts in their levels of prior school achievement and engagement, which suggests that switching schools may be part of the same long-term developmental process of disengagement that leads to dropping out. Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997, this study uses propensity score matching to pair youth who switched high schools with similar youth who stayed in the same school. We find that while over half the association between switching schools and dropout is explained by observed characteristics prior to ninth grade, switching schools is still associated with dropout. Moreover, the relationship between switching schools and dropout varies depending on a youth's propensity for switching schools. (Contains 3 figures, 4 tables and 13 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth
IES Cited: ED548546