Information Services - Statistical Reports

Dropout Rates 1993 - 1994

September 1, 1995

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to issue our annual publication, Dropout Rates in Massachusetts Public Schools: 1994.

This report provides information about students who dropped out of school during the 1993-94 reporting year. It represents an attempt to assess the holding power of Massachusetts public schools to determine how well our schools are doing in graduating their students. I hope that this report will contribute to efforts to develop and strengthen dropout prevention programs. I also am confident that Education Reform, with its new standards for teaching and learning, will help create an increasingly challenging environment to engage students throughout their education and keep them in school.

This is the second year in which the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is reporting two different measures of dropout rates: unadjusted and adjusted. The unadjusted dropout rate is the measure that we have reported since 1987. The adjusted rate is a measure that was recently developed by the U.S. Department of Education. It partially accounts for students who drop out and return to school by not counting as dropouts those students who return to school by the following October 1.

Summary of Key Findings

I would like to acknowledge the Accountability and Evaluation Service Cluster for developing this report. If you have any questions or suggestions about the report, please contact:

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Accountability and Evaluation Services
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
(781) 338-3000


Robert V. Antonucci
Commissioner of Education

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