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Maine High School Dropout Rates

Who is a Dropout?

DEFINITION

Title 20-A:
Part 3: ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
Chapter 211: ATTENDANCE
Subchapter 3: DROPOUTS
§5102. Definitions

http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/Statutes/20-A/title20-Asec5102.html

As used in this subchapter, unless the context otherwise indicates, a "dropout" means any person who has withdrawn for any reason except death, or been expelled from school before graduation or completion of a program of studies and who has not enrolled in another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. [1989, c. 415, §28 (AMD).]

BASED ON THIS RULE:

The individual was enrolled in school at some time during the previous school year and was not enrolled on October 1 of the current school year, or was not enrolled on October 1 of the previous school year although expected to be in membership (i.e., was not reported as a dropout the year before).

Example 1: A student enrolls in Grade 11 in September 2010, leaves school in January 2011, is not in membership on October 1, 2011, and whereabouts unknown. This student will be reported as a school year 2010/11 Grade 11 dropout.

Example 2: A student completes Grade 11 in June 2010, but is not enrolled in Grade 12 on October 1, 2011, and whereabouts unknown. This student will be reported as a school year 2011-2012 Grade 12 dropout.

Importance of Data Quality

Many dropouts can be prevented with accurate data. It is very important that the correct exit code is applied to each student whenever a student leaves and also at the end of each school year.

View the list of exit codes to see which code determines if a student is a dropout.

Maine High School Dropout Rate Data can be found with the Graduation Rate data