Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The dropout gap

In 2007-08, in grades 9-12:
  • African-American students were 10.9% of students and 20.3% of reported dropouts.
  • Hispanic students were 1.9% of students and 3.4% of reported dropouts.
  • Asian students were 0.9% of students and 0.5% of reported dropouts.
  • White students were 85.1% of students and 74.3% of reported dropouts.
That's not the whole picture: beyond the official dropout numbers, thousands of other students just slip away between grade 8 and grade 12. Still, this corner of the puzzle doesn't look good.


  1. Susan, (you know what I'm about to ask!)
    Do we know:
    1. What are the graduation and dropout rates for students who have an IEP vs. students who don't?
    2. How does this non-academic reporting of the graduation and dropout data compare to the graduation and dropout data reported in the IDEA State Performance Plan for Special Education? (Indicators 1 & 2)
    Cindy Baumert (having trouble posting with a name, but can post as anonymous?)

  2. Cindy,

    Congratulations on beating the software to get your post made. You may want to set up a Blogger account and just have a permanent identity.

    On those counts, the KDE data release shows very little. The only accessible information is the breakdown showing students who take more than four years to graduate based on an IEP versus those who take more than four without that foundation. Here come those numbers

    2004 students taking more than four years included 261 students with IEPS and 810 without.

    2005 had 256 with and 696 without.

    2006 had 232 with and 794 without.

    2007 had 153 with and 672 without.

    2007 had 187 with and 706 without.

    I can't decide whether the mainly downward trend is a plus or not, because I can't tell whether students with similar challenges are moving from this category to four-year-graduates or moving to dropouts and disappearances.


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