High School Dropout Rate Increases for the First Time in 8 Years
The high school dropout rate increased for the first time in years with an accumulation of absences being the main cause. Are we starting to see the damage of years of cuts to public education?
The high school dropout rate increased for the first time in eight years, according to a new report from the state Department of Public Instruction.
The 2014-15 dropout rate was 2.39 percent, up from 2.28 percent the previous year. The dropout rate increased across all racial and ethnic groups, except for Asian students.
As in previous years, the top reasons for dropping out were “attendance” and enrollment in community college. Attendance is cited as the reason when “the student dropped out due to excessive absences that caused the student to become ineligible or in jeopardy of becoming ineligible to receive course credits,” according to the report.