Dropout Trends in Pennsylvania by Race and Gender

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1,5
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 3: Promoting Diversity and Multicultural Competence in School Psychology

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. gain knowledge about dropout trends in Pennsylvania by race and gender over a 5-year period.
  2. understand the reasons for dropping out.
  3. consider issues regarding how to collect accurate data.


Dropout rates are trending downwards; however, racial and gender gaps are still present. This study examines dropout data from a 5-year period to examine trends by race and gender as well as reasons for dropping out. In addition to gaining knowledge about dropout trends in Pennsylvania, participants will learn about limitations with demographic reporting procedures. Participants will also learn how to analyze local dropout data.



Dana L. Keener, California University of
Alexus C. Dutrieuille, California University of Pennsylvania
Sarah K. Blosser, MS, California University of Pennsylvania
Kristen F. Schaffner, California University of Pennsylvania


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