On Schools and Survival: A look at dropout rates in the Philippines (EduData Part 1)

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In what grade level are students most likely to drop out? Are females or males more likely to stay in school? We’ll explore delays and dropouts in the Philippine education system with data from the Department of Education in this first installment of the EduData series.

TJ Palanca https://www.twitter.com/tjpalanca
08-26-2015

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This article is part the EduData series, which explores the state of the Philippine education system, and what we could do to make it better.

EduData Series

Education is one of the cornerstones of development, particularly in a country where majority of the population is of school age. Luckily, the Department of Education has released tons of data that allows us to shed light on the state of the Philippine education system. For the first post in this series, we will focus on dropouts and where, grade level-wise and geographically, they occur.

Swimming against the tide

What percentage of students that enter Grade 1 are likely to graduate high school? We first compute the survival and dropout rates over time. The cumulative survival rate (top panel) is the proportion of the Grade 1 class that is expected to graduate high school. The single-year dropout rate (bottom panel) is the attrition of the class for that particular grade level.

By Time

There are some things we can say about the data:

By Gender

Let’s also flip the facets and compare the cumulative survival rates and dropout rates by gender.