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Information Services - Statistical Reports

Dropout Rates 2000 - 2001

Returned Dropouts

Of all students who dropped out during the 2000-01 reporting year, 14.6 percent returned to school by October 1, 2001. These students are referred to as returned dropouts. This percentage is lower than it was the prior year, when 15.4 percent of all dropouts returned to school.

  • The percentage of returned dropouts varied by school. Of the 331 schools that had any of the grades nine through twelve and had dropouts during the 2000-01 reporting year, a majority (76 percent) had 20 percent or less of their dropouts re-enroll in school.

  • Approximately 27 percent (90 schools) had none of their dropouts return to school by October 1, 2001. Eight schools had all of their dropouts return to school.

Table 5. Returned Dropouts as a Percentage of All Dropouts, 2000-01*
Returned Dropouts Number of Schools Percent of Schools
0% 90 27
1-20% 160 48
21-40% 55 17
41-60% 10 3
61-80% 7 2
81-99% 1 <1
100% 8 2
* Table includes only those schools who had dropouts. Percent of schools may not total to 100 percent due to rounding.

The percentage of returned dropouts also varied among specific populations of students. In other words, certain student populations were more likely to return to school than others (see Table 1).

  • Grade  In 2000-01, students in grade twelve (15.7 percent) were most likely to return to school, followed by grade eleven (14.7 percent), grade ten (14.6 percent) and grade nine (14.0 percent).

  • Gender  Male dropouts were more likely to return to school in 2000-01 than female dropouts were. The percentage of returned dropouts for males, 17.7 percent, is an increase from the previous year, when 15.1 percent of males who dropped out returned to school. The percentage of females who dropped out and returned to school in 2000-01 was 16.7 percent, up from 15.9 percent in 1999-00.

  • Race/Ethnicity  Asian students who dropped out were more likely to return to school than students of other racial/ethnic backgrounds. Of the Asian students who dropped out, 20.1 percent returned to school. White students (15.2 percent) were the second most likely to re-enroll, followed by Hispanic students (13.2 percent) and African-American students (12.0 percent). Native American students (11.5 percent) were the least likely to re-enroll. For all race/ethnicity groups, the percentage of dropouts who returned to school decreased from the previous year.

  • Vocational-Technical Schools  Students at vocational-technical schools were less likely to return to school than were students statewide. Of the vocational students who dropped out, 13.9 percent returned to school, a significant increase from 9.5 percent the prior year. Students at city or town vocational schools were more likely to return to school than were students at regional, county or independent vocational schools (15.0 vs. 12.6 percent, respectively).

  • Charter Schools  Of the 187 students who dropped out of charter schools, 7.0 percent (thirteen students) returned to school by October 1, 2001.



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