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Status and Trends in the Education of American Indians and Alaska Natives: 2008

NCES 2008-084
September 2008


Table 5.6.  Percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native students, by the severity of problems reported by school administrators, density of the American Indian/Alaska Native schools, grade, and types of problems in school: 2007

Grade and problem Moderate problem   Serious problem
Total   School density Total   School density
High Low High Low
Grade 4                  
Student absenteeism 24   34 17   9   16 5
Student tardiness 29   37 24   12   18 7
Student health problems 17   29 8   1   1 1
Lack of family involvement in school 38   42 35   17   30 8
Student misbehavior 17   22 13   2   3 2
Physical conflict between students 8   11 6   1   1 1
Student drug or alcohol use 3   6 1   1   1 #
Low expectations 21   31 14   8   15 2
Grade 8                  
Student absenteeism 31   40 24   12   22 5
Student tardiness 30   37 24   9   15 4
Student health problems 15   23 8   1   3 #
Lack of family involvement in school 44   47 41   23   35 12
Student misbehavior 30   35 26   6   11 1
Physical conflict between students 12   13 12   3   5 1
Student drug or alcohol use 16   25 9   4   8 #
Low expectations 32   39 26   10   18 4
# Rounds to zero.
NOTE: School density indicates the percent of American Indian/Alaska Native students enrolled. Low-density schools are schools where American Indians/Alaska Natives account for less than 25 percent of the total population. High-density schools are schools where American Indians/Alaska Natives account for 25 percent or more of the total population. Percentages do not sum to 100 percent because the "Not a problem" and "Minor problem" categories are not shown.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. The Educational Experiences of American Indian and Alaska Native Students in Grades 4 and 8 (NCES 2008-458). National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), National Indian Education Study (NIES), 2007.

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