Dropout Rate Down in SC
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — More and more South Carolina public high school students are staying in school. A new report, released Thursday by the State Department of Education, states more than 800 fewer students dropped out of state high schools in 2010 than in the previous year. This is the second consecutive year there has been a decline. Education Superintendent Mick Zais says the goal is to keep students focused and engaged from the start of kindergarten through graduation. The 2010 dropout report found improvements in all demographic groups. African Americans, those in high poverty environments and Hispanics showed significant gains. Since 2007-08, the state’s total high school dropouts have decreased from 8,032 to 6,265 – a 22 percent improvement.