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JCSD Sees Lowest Dropout Rate in Years

Posted March 04, 2014 in Community Blogs, Johnston

2012-13 graduation rates and dropout rates for students in the Johnston Community School District have been released by the Iowa Department of Education. The district saw the dropout rate drop to 0.45%, or only eight students, during the last school year. The graduation rate dipped slightly year-over-year from 96.30% to 95.39%. Graduation rate is impacted by dropouts, students who need a fifth year to complete their diploma, as well as special needs students who are in high school until 21 years of age.

Iowa continues to report 4 year and 5 year cohort graduation rates to reflect the work districts and schools put forth in helping all students earn diplomas.  Iowa has adopted 4 year and 5 year cohort graduation rate methodology in accordance with federal requirement 34 CFR 200.19(b)(1)(i).

The 4 year cohort graduation rate is calculated for the class of 2013 by dividing the number of students in the cohort who graduate with a regular high school diploma (numerator) in four years or less (by the 2012-13 school year) by the number of first-time 9th graders enrolled in the fall of 2009 minus the number of students who transferred out plus the total number of students who transferred in (denominator).

The 5 year cohort graduation rate is calculated the class of 2012 using a similar methodology as the four-year cohort rate.  This rate is calculated by dividing the number of students in the cohort who graduate with a regular high school diploma (numerator) in five years or less (by the 2012-13 school year) by the number of first-time 9th graders enrolled in the fall of 2008 minus the number of students who transferred out plus the total number of students who transferred in (denominator).

Johnston Community School District Graduation Rates:

2013 class 4 year cohort graduation rate:  95.39%
2012 class 5 year cohort graduation rate:  97.04%

Statewide Graduation Rates:

2013 class 4 year cohort graduation rate:  89.7%
2012 class 5 year cohort graduation rate:  92.1%

Dropout Rates

The Johnston Community School District saw 2012-13 dropout rates go to a new low at 0.45% with the fewest number of students – eight – dropping out during the school year. A dropout is considered any student grade 7-12 who no longer attends school anywhere and/or does not have school records at any institution, including home school.

JCSD has seen fewer dropouts each year since 2010.

May 2013:           8 dropouts (0.45%)
May 2012:           9 dropouts (0.52%)
May 2011:           11 dropouts (0.60%)
May 2010:           21 dropouts
May 2009:           18 dropouts

The dropout window for a school year begins on certified enrollment count day (October 1, 2012) of that school year and ends on the day before certified enrollment count day the following year (September 30, 2013).

Johnston Community School District Dropout Rates:

Number of grade 7-12 dropouts in 2012-13:  8
Number of grade 9-12 dropouts in 2012-13:  8
Grade 7-12 dropout rate in 2012-13:  0.29%
Grade 9-12 dropout rate in 2012-13:  0.45%

Statewide Dropouts:

The statewide dropout rate for grades 7-12 for 2012-13:  1.92%
The statewide dropout rate for grades 9-12 for 2012-13:  2.83%

For questions relating to the Johnston Community School District graduation and dropout rates, please contact the Academic Services department at 515-278-0470 or visit them online.





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