2019 Dropouts

Richmond won the dropout race this year.

Here are the eleven divisions with the largest All Students 4-year cohort dropout rates for 2019:

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That 24.4% is 372 students (of 1,523) who dropped out.

The peer city, Norfolk, is highlighted in red.

The “ED” column is the rate for economically disadvantaged students. Sorted by the ED rate, the list changes but Richmond’s position does not.

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Just to cleanse the palate, here are the divisions with the lowest rates, sorted first by the all students rate, then by ED.

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In terms of the subgroups of students, the rates of black, white, and homeless students are unacceptable; those of the English learners, Hispanics, and students with disabilities are astronomical.

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The VDOE information sheet and FAQ don’t tell us what “anytime” means in this context.

Our Superintendent’s Plan, Dreams4RPS, lists ten priorities; the eighth is “Decrease chronic absenteeism-overall and for each subgroup.” There is no mention of how, by how much, or who is to be responsible for the decrease. None of the five “priorities” in the Plan mentions attendance, truancy, or absenteeism.