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State reports Estacada High Schools dropout rate dives below 3 percent

Estacada ahead of state at keeping students in school

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) reports that the Estacada High School dropout rate for the 2004/05 school year (the most recent year of statistics available) has dipped to 2.6 percent. This represents a 1.5 percent decrease from the 4.1 percent rate of the previous school year.

During the same period of time, the State of Oregon average dropout rate declined by 0.4 percent, from 4.6 percent in 2003/04 to 4.2 percent in 2004/05. This significant decline in the Estacada dropout rate represents a very positive trend for the Estacada school district.

Oregon state law defines a dropout as a student in grades 9-12 who withdraws from school without receiving a high school diploma, GED certificate, modified diploma, or transferring to another school.

According to this ODE report, the most frequently cited reasons for leaving school were 'too far behind in credits to catch up,' 'lack of parental support for education,' and 'working more than 15 hours per week.' These reasons have been consistent during the last seven years of reporting, suggesting that these are significant factors that affect a student's ability to stay in school.

Oregon State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Susan Castillo, stated, 'I won't be satisfied until Oregon's dropout rate hits zero. Until then, there is good news in this report: dropout rates for all [ethnic] groups decreased. The greatest drop was for African American students, but all student groups showed decreases. Staying in school is fundamental to student success, and it is important that the rate continue to decline.'

For further information, refer to the Oregon Department of Education website, www.ode.state.or.us/news/releases/default.aspx?yr=2006 and kw= and rid=500.

This positive trend in the Estacada dropout rate means that the programs put in place by the Estacada school district in recent years to help retain students at Estacada High have been successful, explained Estacada School Board member Mary Ann Bugni.