High School dropout rates, state level in Maine

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Students who drop out of high school and don't return are likely to have more unemployment and lower wages in the long run. Health outcomes are also poorer for those who drop out of high school.


What the data shows
The new definition has been in place since 2009. During that time, statewide, the dropout rate has decreased. In 2009, there were 2,162 youth who dropped out, in 2012 there were 1,884 students who dropped out, in 2015 there were 1,217. The 2017 school year had 1,236 students dropping out.
In terms of rates, in 2009 the rate was 3.4% of students in grades 9 -12 and that decreased to 2.1% in 2015 and 2.2% in 2017.
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Definitions: A "dropout" is any student who has withdrawn for any reason except death, or been expelled from school before graduation or completion of a program of studies and who has not enrolled in another educational institution or program. The dropout rate is the percentage of students in ALL high school grades who stop attending school in a specific year. Thus the dropout rate includes freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. It is not class-specific. The year refers to the end of the school year, so 2017 represents the 2016-2017 school year.

Data Source: Maine Dept. of Education Data Warehouse

Footnotes: The definition of dropout changed in 2009, so earlier years are not comparable.
Maine Department of Education is no longer required to report dropout rates, only graduation rates, so 2016-2017 is the last year of data.


Updated March 2019