Dropout rate in Louisiana drops for third straight year
Louisiana's annual dropout rate has fallen for the third year in a row, according to a report released today by the Louisiana Department of Education. The latest figures show that roughly 1,100 fewer students in grades seven through 12 dropped out in the 2010-11 academic year than did during the 2009-10 school year. That's about an 11% decrease, LDOE says. Put another way, 3.5% of students dropped out during the 2009-10 school year, compared to 3.1% last year. Annual dropout rates also decreased among students in grades 9 through 12 for the third year in a row. In 2009-10, 8,704 high school students dropped out of school. In 2010-11, that figure dropped by 707 students to 7,997 students, representing an 8.1% reduction from the previous year. LDOE officials attribute the decline to improved graduation rates at the state and local level, as well as new and improved resources supporting early intervention and more accurate data collection and analysis. More information on today's dropout report and historical dropout figures can be found at the LDOE website here.
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