Information Services - Statistical Reports

Dropout Rates 1996 - 1997

February, 1998

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to issue our annual publication, Dropout Rates in Massachusetts Public Schools: 1996-97. This report provides information on students who dropped out of Massachusetts public schools during the 1996-97 reporting year. I hope that this information will contribute to ongoing local and state efforts to strengthen dropout prevention programs.

The completion of high school is a crucial basis for a productive life of citizenship and work. The high school dropout rate, therefore, is an important indicator of performance. It will be one indicator in a system we are developing to evaluate schools and districts in accordance with the Education Reform Act.

Summary of Key Findings

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Thank you for your interest in this report.


Robert V. Antonucci
Commissioner of Education