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ERIC Number: EJ1057818
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1245
Determinants of Graduation Rate of Public Alternative Schools
Izumi, Masashi; Shen, Jianping; Xia, Jiangang
Education and Urban Society, v47 n3 p307-327 May 2015
In this study we investigated determinants of the graduation rate of public alternative schools by analyzing the most recent, nationally representative data from Schools and Staffing Survey 2007-2008. Based on the literature, we built a series of three regression models via successive block entry, predicting the graduate rate first by (a) student demographics, then by (a) student demographics and (b) staffing characteristics, and finally by (a) student demographics, (b) staffing characteristics, and (c) school processes, with a purpose to compare the models to study the effects of those variables more amenable to policies (i.e., staffing characteristics and school processes). Among others, we found (a) that staffing characteristics and school processes are important blocks of variables to predict the graduation rate, (b) that summer programs and Hispanic teacher ratio are positively associated with the graduation rate, with having same teachers for 2 years or more being a marginally positive predictor, and (c) that having the traditional grade structure and providing day care are negatively correlated with the graduation rate. Implications of our findings for policy and future research are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)