ERIC Number: ED327614
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Aug-15
Student Attrition in the First Grade of the Public School Districts Serving New Orleans and the River Region during the 1983-84 to 1985-86 School Years.
Gary, Lee P., Jr.; Carter, Kenneth P.
Student attrition in the first grade of the eight public school districts serving New Orleans (Louisiana) and the River Region exceeded the statewide average for the school years 1983/84 through 1985/86 and black males are suffering severe, almost irreparable, damage to their academic potential. An analysis of enrollments, student failure, and attrition rates over the three-year period yields the following findings: (1) males and blacks are more likely than females and whites to fail; (2) the highest attrition rates occur in the Plaquemines (21.81 percent), St. Tammany (21.31 percent), and Orleans (20.30 percent) public school districts; (3) black males in St. Tammany are most at risk of failure; and (4) white females in St. Charles are least at risk of failure. The following recommendations are made: (1) mandatory prekindergarten and kindergarten are imperative to prepare students for first grade; (2) financial incentives and multiyear performance contracts are needed to recruit and reward high-quality teachers; (3) financial incentives are also needed to recruit and retain more black male teachers for preschool and first grade; (4) class sizes should be limited; (5) teacher aides should be provided; and (6) parent participation programs should be developed. Five tables of statistical data are appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana (New Orleans)