Kentucky Graduation, Dropout Rates Decrease in 2009

by scrosby on June 1, 2010

by Stephanie Crosby

Data compiled by the Kentucky Department of Education shows that the state’s high school students are graduating at a lower rate, but are also dropping out of school at a lower rate. The non-academic data was released in a report today.

Spokesperson Lisa Gross says dropout rates in Kentucky have declined by more than 1% since 2002.

“We’ve still got a long way to go,” says Gross. “especially when the drop-out rate for African-American students is almost five-percent. We have a fairly small population of African-Americans in this state in our public schools. Five-percent of them are dropping out. That’s too much. hat’s too high. We need to address that.”

The numbers released today also show the graduation rate decreasing from 84.52% in 2008 to 83.91% last year. Retention rates – the number of students held back a grade – also increased by .2%.

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