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The Class of 2002 Four-Year Longitudinal Report and 2001-2002 Event Dropout Rates.

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This study examined the progress toward school completion of students who entered ninth grade in fall 1998 and were scheduled to graduate on time in spring 2002 after 4 years of high school, offering outcomes for the class as a whole and for specific groups of students categorized by gender, native language, race/ethnicity, and immigrant status. The study followed students in general education classes and students in self-contained special education classes. Overall, 50.8 percent of students in the Class of 2002 graduated, and 20.3 percent of the class dropped out at the end of the 4 years. The remaining 30 percent were enrolled for a fifth year of high school. The graduation, dropout, and still-enrolled rates for the Class of 2002 were comparable to those of the Class of 2001. Further, the percentage of graduates awarded Regents-Endorsed Diplomas and Regents-Endorsed Diplomas with Honors, which has been increasing for graduating cohorts since 1996, increased again for the Class of 2002. Findings appear to be related to the profound changes occurring within New York City schools. Four appendices present: school-level analyses for the Class of 2002; school-level outcomes for the Classes of 2000, 2001, and 2002; 2001 and 2002 event dropout rates; and graduation requirements. (SM)

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Author:Waddington, Susan
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Date:Apr 1, 2003
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