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Dropout Rates 1997 - 1998

September, 1999

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to issue our annual publication, Dropout Rates in Massachusetts Public Schools: 1997-98. This report provides information on students who dropped out of Massachusetts public schools during the 1997-98 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 school performance.

Summary of Key Findings

If you have any questions or suggestions about the report, please contact:

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

Thank you for your interest in this report.


David P. Driscoll
Commissioner of Education