IDRA’s Attrition Model
IDRA conducted the first comprehensive analysis of school dropouts in the state of Texas in 1986. This research effort was conducted by IDRA under contract with the Texas Department of Community Affairs (now Texas Department of Commerce) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) with Dr. María Robledo Montecel serving as the principle investigator. The study was conducted during the period of May 1986 through October 1986 and focused on the magnitude of the dropout problem, the economic impact of the school dropouts, and the nature and effectiveness of dropout prevention programs in Texas. The study’s findings were published in a multi-volume report, Texas School Dropout Survey Project (Cárdenas, J., et al, 1986).