State 2009-2016

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Why This Indicator Matters

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. The lowest year for dropouts was 2015 with 1,217. The latest year 2016, was closer to the years of 2014 and 2013, with 1,520 dropouts statewide. In terms of rates, in 2009, it was 3.4% of all students of any year and in 2016 it was 2.7% and only 2.1% in 2015.
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Definitions: A "dropout" is any student who has withdrawn for any reason except death, or been expelled from school before graduation or completion of a program of studies and who has not enrolled in another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.

Data Source: Maine Department of Education

Footnotes: The definition of dropout changed in 2009, so earlier years are not comparable.
The rate by county is an average of the school rates rather than a "true average" of dropouts divided by all students in that county.

Updated April 2018