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Journal Article: The Matter of Dropouts

Journal Article » The Matter of Dropouts

Categories

ACHIEVEMENT gap, ETHNIC groups, MINORITIES -- Education, DROPOUTS, EDUCATIONAL indicators, ACADEMIC achievement

Authors

Ramirez, A. L.; Carpenter, Dick

Published

2009

Publisher

Phi Delta Kappa International

Abstract

The article discusses how examining the diversity of students can help reduce the achievement gap. The authors suggest that the achievement gap is more complex than a divide between white and minority students and comment on differences in achievement within ethnic and racial groups. They describe research which reveals that ethnicity did not affect dropout risks and suggest that gaps exist within ethnic groups based on factors such as socioeconomic status, amount of algebra studied, work in English language acquisition programs and parental participation in education. They suggest factors such as school suspensions, time held back and time spent on homework affect risks of dropping out. INSET: What Is NELS 88 ?.

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