In the 2013 Utah cohort of 42,688 students:
- 6,830 students were counted as dropouts
- 6,830/35 equals 195 classrooms of students
Graduation Report 2013
What are the numbers for your district? For your school? Put a face to those students.
Rick Robbins, the Superintendent of Juab School District, told educators: “putting a face to those students made all the difference in what we did for dropout prevention.” [Feb 6, 2014 Dropout Prevention: Digging Deeper, event sponsored by USOE, the National Dropout Prevention Center – Students with Disabilities, and Regional Education Laboratory West (RELWest) at WestEd].
The Juab High School class of 2013 has a cohort graduation rate of 93%, an increase from the 2011 cohort rate of 84%. The entire Juab High School staff and faculty implemented multiple strategies to achieve this result.
The Institute for Education Sciences (IES) Practice Guide for Dropout Prevention states:
. . . The greatest success in reducing dropout rates will be achieved where multiple approaches are adopted as part of a comprehensive strategy to increase student engagement. Although some of these strategies may have the capacity to improve graduation rates at the margin when implemented individually, the panel [those who wrote the IES Practice Guide for Dropout Prevention] strongly recommends a strategic approach that integrates multiple recommendations and has the potential to make a bigger difference.