Number of ‘dropout factories’ falls

CHARLESTON (AP) — A new report says the number of West Virginia high schools considered “dropout factories” fell by three between 2002 and 2010, and the number of students attending such schools also fell during the period.

The report released Monday by the children’s advocacy group America’s Promise Alliance said the average four-year graduation rate increased from 74.2 percent to 77 percent from 2002-2009. That’s compared to the national graduation rate of 75 percent.

The report says 2,824 fewer students attended dropout factories from 2002-2010. There were 2,609 students in three such schools in 2010.

America’s Promise Alliance defines dropout factories as schools that fail to graduate more than 60 percent of students on time.

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