Graduation & Attendance Rates Among High Schoolers Are On The Rise

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - More high school students are staying in
school, graduating and moving on to college according to the state
Department of Education.
The graduation rates among high school seniors increased from
82.86 percent in 2004-05 to 83.26 percent in 2005-06. Attendance
rates also rose slightly over the same period, from 94.31 to 94.60.
The information was part of a report released by the Department
of Education on Thursday detailing how the state is doing on
nonacademic issues.
The number of public high school students who went on to college
jumped nearly a full percentage point, from 54 percent to 54.9
percent.
All three numbers are the highest since the state began
reporting such data in 2001 as part of the federal No Child Left
Behind Act.
As a result, the dropout rate declined from 3.47 percent in
2004-05 to 3.31 percent last year. The school retention rate - the
percentage of students held back a grade - also fell from 3.30
percent to 2.92 percent.
Dropout rates among males and females both fell, as did dropout
rates for whites, African-Americans, Asians and American Indians.
Dropout rates among Hispanics rose from 5.08 percent to 6.11
percent.
The nonacademic data is one component of the Commonwealth
Accountability Testing System. The results of the other portion -
the Kentucky Core Content Test - will be released during the
summer.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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