The school district announced Friday that, according to data released by the state Public Education Department, SFPS’s one year drop-out rate was 2.8% for the 2012-2013 school year.
That’s a reduction by more than half from the previous school year, when the rate was 6 percent. This is SFPS’s lowest one-year dropout rate in the past 10 years and is well below the statewide rate of 4.7%, according to a district news release.
The one-year dropout rate for 2012-2013 represents the percentage of students in grades 7-12 who either dropped out during that school year or who failed to return for the start of following school year, 2013-2014.
“These results reflect the hard work of our administrators, teachers and schools in implementing strategies which address our most at-risk populations,” Superintendent Joel Boyd said in the release. “As a community, we have decided not to give up on a single child.”
However, SFPS’s latest showing in the more comprehensive four-year cohort graduation rate, announced in January, was down. The district’s cohort graduation rate, intended to show how many students make it through high school, was 60 percent compared to a statewide average of 70.3 percent.
But Richard Bowman, the district’s chief accountability and strategy officers, said Friday the improvement in the one-year rate is “very significant.”
“It reflects the effort we’ve put forth to keep kids in school,” he said.
Bowman said the gains in the one-year rate will show up in the cohort rate four years from now.