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School district dropout rates go up slightly

The Beaverton School District's dropout rates crept up slightly from last year, but were still lower than the state average.

Oregon Department of Education numbers released Monday showed that for 2005-06 the statewide dropout rate was 4.1 percent, down from 4.2 percent the previous year.

Beaverton's rate for 2005-06 was 3.6 percent, up a tick from 3.3 percent in 2004-05.

However, because Sunset and Aloha high schools reported more than a doubling of dropouts in the latest report, the district is reviewing data to ensure the numbers are correct.

Sunset reported 105 students dropping out in 2005-06, compared with 45 in 2004-05.

At Aloha, 108 dropouts were reported in 2005-06, with 69 recorded in the previous school year.

'We're double-checking some of our data,' said Maureen Wheeler, spokeswoman for the Beaverton School District.

Wheeler described dropout rates at those schools as 'surprisingly high.'

Meanwhile, both the School of Science and Technology and Arts and Communication Magnet Academy reported no dropouts for 2005-06. Science and Technology remained the same as the previous year while Arts and Communication Magnet Academy had one dropout during 2004-05.

Other high school rates included Southridge High School with 32 dropouts in 2005-06, which is the same number it had the previous year.

Westview High School had 39 dropouts, compared with 24 from the previous year.

The state says a dropout is any student who leaves from the seventh through 12th grades between July 1 and June 30 of the reporting year.

They include students who withdraw and do not graduate or transfer to another school.