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August 26, 2009

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.


Posted by Liz Bowie at 6:00 AM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Around the Region


The dropout rate declines: What measurement tool did the Baltimore Sun utilize to reach this conclusion? Check Urban corners in the NE/SE/SW section of Baltimore City and look at the number of children ages 14-21 hanging out on the street corner between 10am-2pm when school is in session. Look in the neighborhood schools and look in the hallways of high schools and look at the number of students that go to school but raise *ell and leave by lunch time. Check to see how many students are not attending school, ask the attendance monitor how many arrive two to three hours late everyday, check the number of students that don't attend tutoring assessment programs in school, find out how many that wont attend Saturday School.

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