The dropout rate declines
Maryland's dropout rate took a big dip in the past year, but it is unclear whether the change is due to better data collection or a true drop. Only about 2.8 percent of students dropped out of high schools this past year. The big question that hasn't been answered yet is what effect the High School Assessments may have had on the graduation rate, and therefore, the dropout rate.
The figures reported yesterday at the state school board meeting don't include the seniors who didn't graduate because they failed to meet the HSA requirement. Right now they are in the same category as a student who doesn't get enough credits to move on to the next grade. So when they don't show up for school next week, then we will know more.
The bottom line is that we still don't have good data on what effect the HSAs may have had on kids in the Class of 2009, and the data aren't expected out for another month.