The Hispanic population is increasing in the United States and especially in Texas. As the population grows, so does the number of students enrolled in our public schools, and Hispanic students are already the majority in some states. Thus, one would expect a high increase of Hispanic graduates, but this is not the case. Surprisingly, Hispanic students are dropping out of school at an alarming rate. Why are these students dropping out of school? What can educational leaders do to prevent this phenomenon? Qualitative research methods were used to analyze the reasons 21 Hispanic students dropped out of school in an urban high school. The research suggests that the perceived inability of teachers and educational leaders to effectively communicate with the students may have been a dropout factor.
This articles was originally published in scholarlypartnershipsedu, the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne School of Education.
Date of publication
Rodriquez, Edgar; Vaughn, Vance; and Hickey, Wesley, "Controlling Hispanic dropouts: A leader’s responsibility" (2007). Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Faculty Publications and Presentations. Paper 11.
Rodriguez, E., Vaughn, V., & Hickey, W. (2007). Controlling Hispanic dropouts: A leader’s responsibility. scholarlypartnershipsedu, 2(2), 78-86.