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No. of Va. 'dropout factories' stays constant

Monday - 3/19/2012, 12:31pm  ET

By ZINIE CHEN SAMPSON
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. - A new report says the number of Virginia high schools considered "dropout factories" remained constant between 2002 and 2010, but the number of students attending such schools grew 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 76.7 percent to 78.4 percent from 2002-2009. That's compared to the national graduation rate of 75 percent.

But 3,144 additional students attended dropout factories between the eight years, for a total of 36,104 students in 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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Online:

America's Promise Alliance: http://www.americaspromise.org/

Civic Enterprises: http://www.civicenterprises.net/

Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University: http://www.every1graduates.org


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