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Definition:

In New York State, the annual dropout rate refers to the proportion of students in grades 9 through 12 who left school prior to graduation for any reason, except death, and did not enter another school or high school equivalency preparation program. Annual high school dropout percents are calculated by dividing the number of students who drop out during a single year by the enrollment in grades 9 through 12 (including the portion of any ungraded secondary enrollment for that year that can be attributed to grades 9 through 12), and multiplying by 100.

Significance:

Beyond its inherent message of failure for students who drop out, young people who do not complete high school are at a great disadvantage in today's society. Dropouts have far higher unemployment rates than high school graduates. When employed, they earn less, are more likely to be in semi-skilled manual jobs and work at jobs with poorer working conditions. The social, economic and personal costs include foregone tax revenues, decreased productivity, increased demand for and reliance on social services, increased probability of criminal activity, reduced political participation, and generally poorer health.

Findings:

  • In 2010/11, the statewide reported public high school dropout rate was 2.7 percent, the same as that of 2009/2010. While the average dropout rate for the counties outside New York City dropped by 0.1 percent from 2009/10 to 2010/11, it (average rate) increased by 0.3 percent for the New York City counties from 2009/10 to 2010/11.
  • New York City public high school students who dropped out of schools in 2010/11 accounted for 60.1 percent of the total state public high school dropout counts in this period. All five New York City counties remained among the top ten counties of the highest dropout rates.
  • Outside New York City, the counties with the highest public high school dropout rates in 2010/11 were respectively Fulton (3.9%), Chemung (3.2%), Montgomery (3.2%), Niagara (3.0%), and Columbia (2.9%).
  • The counties with the lowest public high school dropout rates were: Putnam (0.5%), Nassau (0.6%), and Hamilton (0.6%).

 

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