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Report: Raising Dropout Age Reduced Dropout Rate

Associated Press (12/10/13) Vergakis, Brock

West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Phares told lawmakers during an interim legislative meeting that fewer 16-year-old students dropped out of high school in the 2011-12 school year, after the compulsory attendance age was raised to age 17. The number fell to 359 from 694, and the number of 16-year-olds who were in the ninth grade when they dropped out fell by 36 percent to 125 from 344 over the same period. "Raising the age made a significant difference," Phares said.
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