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PCHS dropout rate lower than state average

A report of a 6.9 percent overall dropout rate was released earlier this week by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) for Pulaski County High School.
PCHS’ dropout rate of 6.9 percent falls almost two points below the state dropout rate of 8.7 percent.
The school, division and state level cohort reports released from the VDOE detail outcomes for students who entered the ninth grade for the first time in 2004, and were scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2008.
"The publication of these cohort reports represents a milestone in the commonwealth’s effort to account for every student," said Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright in a press release from the VDOE. "This is vital information that will shape efforts at the state and local levels to keep students in school and on track toward earning a diploma."
Data represented in the cohort reports are divided into student subgroups and categories that include sex, ethnicity, students with disabilities and disadvantaged students, among others.
For PCHS, the dropout rates by subgroup are as follows:
•females: 8.4 percent
•males: 5.7 percent
•black students: 8.3 percent
•white students: 6.6 percent
•students with disabilities: 16.9 percent
•students identified as disadvantaged: 12.7 percent
Dropout rates for other high schools in the local area were reported as follows:
•Bland County: 6.9 percent
•Carroll County: 7.2 percent
•Floyd County: 11.2 percent
•Galax City: 5.1 percent
•Giles County: 13.5 percent
•Montgomery County: 12.4 percent
•Radford City: 3.1 percent
•Wythe County: 5.5 percent
Of Virginia’s 313 non-alternative high schools, 178 had dropout rates below the state rate of 8.7 percent, 134 had dropout rates that exceeded the state rate, and one school’s dropout rate was the same as the state rate. Ninety-four high schools had dropout rates of five percent or less and 34 schools had dropout rates of 15 percent or higher. Eight schools reported no dropouts.
"Using the data from these cohort reports, educators and policymakers can now see where interventions are most urgently needed and identify high schools and school divisions that have developed best practices and strategies that others can emulate and adapt," said Board of Education president Mark E. Emblidge in the press release.
For more information about these cohort reports, visit the VDOE’s website at www.doe.virginia.gov.

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PCHS dropout rate lower than state average

A report of a 6.9 percent overall dropout rate was released earlier this week by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) for Pulaski County High School.
PCHS’ dropout rate of 6.9 percent falls almost two points below the state dropout rate of 8.7 percent.
The school, division and state level cohort reports released from the VDOE detail outcomes for students who entered the ninth grade for the first time in 2004, and were scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2008.
"The publication of these cohort reports represents a milestone in the commonwealth’s effort to account for every student," said Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright in a press release from the VDOE. "This is vital information that will shape efforts at the state and local levels to keep students in school and on track toward earning a diploma."
Data represented in the cohort reports are divided into student subgroups and categories that include sex, ethnicity, students with disabilities and disadvantaged students, among others.
For PCHS, the dropout rates by subgroup are as follows:
•females: 8.4 percent
•males: 5.7 percent
•black students: 8.3 percent
•white students: 6.6 percent
•students with disabilities: 16.9 percent
•students identified as disadvantaged: 12.7 percent
Dropout rates for other high schools in the local area were reported as follows:
•Bland County: 6.9 percent
•Carroll County: 7.2 percent
•Floyd County: 11.2 percent
•Galax City: 5.1 percent
•Giles County: 13.5 percent
•Montgomery County: 12.4 percent
•Radford City: 3.1 percent
•Wythe County: 5.5 percent
Of Virginia’s 313 non-alternative high schools, 178 had dropout rates below the state rate of 8.7 percent, 134 had dropout rates that exceeded the state rate, and one school’s dropout rate was the same as the state rate. Ninety-four high schools had dropout rates of five percent or less and 34 schools had dropout rates of 15 percent or higher. Eight schools reported no dropouts.
"Using the data from these cohort reports, educators and policymakers can now see where interventions are most urgently needed and identify high schools and school divisions that have developed best practices and strategies that others can emulate and adapt," said Board of Education president Mark E. Emblidge in the press release.
For more information about these cohort reports, visit the VDOE’s website at www.doe.virginia.gov.

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