Dropout Law Affects School Performance Scores

Russ Wise says schools’ performance scores are being affected by changes in dropout law

House Bill 648, adopted by the Legislature last year, repealed the Dropout Recovery Act 742 and now requires children to remain in school until they are 18. It eliminates parental consent to allow a child to drop out before that, although a child between 16 and 18 can still attend an adult education or vocational education program.

Board member Russ Wise said he is concerned about the more stringent rules, because dropout rates are considered when the state figures school performance scores.

“We continue to have the onus of dropouts fall on the school system when we have no way to control that,” he said.

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