Official data show dropout rate cut by more than 50%

Official data show dropout rate cut by more than 50%, completion rate up
SAISD Communications
June 29, 2012

The state on Thursday released dropout and graduation data for the Class of 2011 showing that SAISD continues to make gains in keeping students in school and ensuring they graduate on time.

Data highlights include:

  • The four-year high school dropout rate decreased from 14.6 percent for the Class of 2010 to 12.5 percent for the Class of 2011. The 12.5 percent rate represents a 50 percent decrease from the dropout rate for the Class of 2007, which was 26 percent.
  • The percentage of students graduating in four years or continuing high school for a fifth year – known as the Completion Rate I – increased from 84.1 percent to 86.7 percent.

The state used a modified method in calculating rates for the Class of 2011 compared to previous years, excluding half a dozen student categories previously included. The impact to SAISD’s dropout and completion rates was a fraction of a percentage point.

SAISD has implemented a number of programs designed to keep students in school through graduation and to prepare them for post-secondary education. Campus “leaver” teams identify and work closely with at-risk students, including home visits, to determine any challenges they might face in attending school.

Cooper Academy, launched in 2008-09, serves students who drop out of high school and want to return to finish in a flexible school setting. Also, the Middle School Partners Program, which initially began as a pilot in January 2010, accelerates learning for 8th-graders who have been retained at least one grade level, allowing them to enter high school as sophomores, increasing the chances of them graduating on time and with their peers.

Class of 2011 data is the most recent official state data available. Typically dropout and completion data are used in determining state accountability ratings, but no ratings will be issued this year, as the state transitions to a new accountability system.

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