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WCPS dropout rate rises for second year in a row

Assistant superintendent for curriculum says number still much better than in 2000

February 07, 2012

The dropout rate for Washington County Public Schools has risen for the second straight year, according to a presentation Tuesday to the county school board.

The dropout rate was 1.93 percent of high-schoolers for the 2010-11 school year, compared with 1.80 for the 2009-10 school year and 1.56 for the 2008-09 school year, according to presentation documents.

After her presentation to the Washington County Board of Education, Donna Hanlin, assistant superintendent for curriculum, school administration and improvement, said she didn’t want the dropout rate to continue to go up, but that it was still much better than 2000.

In that year, the school system’s dropout rate was 5.55 percent, the documents said.

Speculating why the dropout rate increased in the last school year, Hanlin said there’s been an increase in the homeless population and in student mobility in recent years. Mobility refers to students who change schools during the school year.

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— Julie E. Greene

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