Annual dropout rate by gender, public schools

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Definitions: The percentage of students enrolled in 9-12 grades who dropped out of school in the reporting year without completing an approved high school program disaggregated by gender, known as the annual dropout rate.   

As of the 2011-12 school year, OSPI no longer calculates the annual dropout rate and instead calculates the adjusted 4-year cohort dropout rates.

Data Source:

Data for this measure come from the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Data were retrieved from "Graduation and Drop out Statistics" reports, and Appendices at http://www.k12.wa.us/dataadmin/.

S: Data have been suppressed due to low numbers. Data were suppressed if the enrollment of students served was 10 or less.

Footnotes: Data last updated in April 2015 by Washington KIDS COUNT.

As of the 2011-12 school year, OSPI no longer calculates the annual dropout rate and instead calculates the adjusted 4-year cohort dropout rates.

The annual dropout rate is:
(number of students with a code of dropout, unknown, GED completer) / (total number of students served (less transfer outs, juvenile detention, deceased))

OSPI suggests using caution when making comparisons across schools, districts, and states and from one year to another as different methods of calculations were used for on-time and extended graduation rates and annual and cohort dropout rates. For detailed discussion of methods and criteria that OSPI used to include or exclude groups (such as transfers in, transfers out etc.) in the calculations, please read their "Graduation and Drop out Statistics 2009-10 Report."