Mississippi Dropout Rate Rises Slightly

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi Department of Education Thursday released figures that showed the graduation rate for this past year was 71.4 percent and the dropout rate was 16.7 percent.

The results compare with a graduation rate of 72 percent and dropout rate of 16 percent for 2008 and 73.8 percent and 15.9 percent in 2007.

The rate in 2006, the first for the current method of calculating the graduation-dropout rate, was 70.8 percent and 17.6 percent.

Tom Burnham, who became state superintendent of education earlier this year, said the state's goal of reducing the dropout rate to 13 percent by 2013 is still attainable.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 9, 2010 at 07:44 PM
    Don't blame the school system, teachers or students, it is 99.9% the parents fault this has happened. Our society has raised a bunch of delinquent young parents with an anything goes mentality.
  • by Baffled Location: Meridian on Jul 9, 2010 at 07:20 PM
    What do these kids think they are going to do? Where are the parents? You don't start teaching children the value of an education when they are teenagers. You start when they are very young! This just breaks my heart!
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