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02/24/14

Delaware Dropout Rate Hits 30 Year Low

WDDE (DE) (02/20/2014) Hall, April

According to a report released by the Delaware Department of Education, the state's student dropout rate fell to a 30-year low during the 2012-13 academic year. Of students enrolled in grades 9-12, 1,106 dropped out of school, representing 2.9 percent of students, down from 3.9 percent the previous year. State Secretary of Education Mark Murphy commented, "Not only are we seeing our graduation rates continue to climb, but we are seeing our dropout rates as well continuing to drop." Moreover, the state has improved the reporting process to track when students transfer from public to private schools, start home schooling, or leave the state, so that students are not incorrectly listed as dropouts. Murphy noted that the information gathered by the state shows that of those who drop out, "the vast majority fall behind in ninth grade." Last school year, 8,190 students graduated, or 79.9 percent of the four-year cohort studied, up from 79.6 percent in the 2011-12 academic year.
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