ERIC Number: ED303289
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
New Mexico Dropout Study, 1986-87 School Year.
A survey of all New Mexico public schools with students enrolled in grade nine or higher gathered data on the extent and nature of the school dropout problem during the 1986-87 school year. All 88 New Mexico school districts and 100% of the 146 schools surveyed provided information on grade, sex, ethnicity, and reason for dropping out for students who left school prematurely. During 1986-87, 6,495 ninth through twelfth grade students dropped out, resulting in a dropout rate of 8.0%, up from 7.4% the previous school year. Males dropped out of school proportionately more than females, an effect which has been true each year of this annual study. The highest dropout rates occurred among Native American students (12.0%) and Hispanic students (9.0%), the lowest among Asian students (4.1%). Native American students have consistently experienced the highest dropout rates. Anglo, Black, and Hispanic students experienced the highest dropout rates in grade 10, and Native American students in grade 9. The most frequent reason for dropping out was lack of motivation or interest (22.0% overall). Native American students had a disproportionately high rate of expulsion (17.3% versus 1.5-2.1% for other ethnic groups). The report contains seven figures and three tables, and provides dropout rates from 1978-79 through 1986-87. Appendices list enrollments and dropout rates for each school and district and include the survey instrument. (SV)
Descriptors: American Indians, Black Students, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Rate, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Enrollment, Ethnic Distribution, High Schools, Hispanic Americans, Public Schools, School Districts, School Statistics, Secondary Education, Sex Differences, State Surveys, White Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Dept. of Education, Santa Fe. Evaluation, Testing, and Data Management Unit.
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico