Schools Studying Dropout Statistics
By Beth Cassidy
The good news is the dropout rate for the 2010-11 school year is the second lowest in seven years.
The bad news is it went up 18 from the year before.
A committee formed to help curb dropouts spent months pouring over data and have more information than ever about the students who chose not to complete school, and they hope that information will help them as they prevent potential dropouts from becoming statistics.
Lynn Yokley, lead social worker, along with central office staff, principals, a nurse and counselor, examined the records of the 81 students who dropped out of the 2010-11 school year. Beth Weatherman, student services director, presented the data at the Oct. 2 school board meeting.
The committee found that of the 81 who dropped out, 54 percent had moved to the county at some point during their academic career, while 46 percent had spent their entire academic career in the county. Weatherman said it is possible some of those 54 percent had no family in the county …
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