Maryland's "Dropout Factories"
Click here to get a detailed map of the schools labeled "dropout factories" by Johns Hopkins University for the Associated Press. Hopkins applied the label to schools where no more than 60 percent of the students who start out as freshmen make it to their senior year. The Sun ran this story today.
Maryland is home to 13 "dropout factories" including Meade High in Anne Arundel County and five schools in Baltimore: Edmondson-Westside High (a vocational school), Frederick Douglass High, Northwestern High, Patterson High and the now-closed Southwestern High. For whatever it's worth, Douglass, Northwestern and Patterson are the only large neighborhood high schools remaining in Baltimore. All the rest have been broken up into smaller schools within the big campuses. And many of those small schools are too new to have data measuring seniors who started as freshmen.
For the sake of the students at these schools, I hope the dropout factory label doesn't stick as other labels in education do. Which would you rather attend: A dropout factory or a persistently dangerous school? (Fortunately, no school in Maryland has the distinction of being both.)