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Ed Week: 56 CT students leave high school each day

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More than two high school kids leave high school every hour of every day in the state of Connecticut, according to a new report released today.

Education Week released its annual Diploma’s Count supplement this week, running through statistics about graduation rates across the country. In addition to national data, Ed Week also released special briefs for each state and a mapping tool that can extrapolate data about individual districts.

According to the Connecticut state brief, 10,055 students who were in ninth grade in the 2008-2009 academic year (and would, all things equal, be expected to graduate this June) will not cross the stage this year. About three-quarters of that year’s freshmen — a total of 31,793 students — will graduate on time, the report claims. At that rate, 56 students are “lost” each school day, according to Ed Week.

The mapping tool adds a bit of context for just how that happens here in Stamford. According to the data presented in the report, the vast majority of members of the Class of 2009 who fell out of the graduation pipeline trickled out in the ninth grade. Check out this snapshot from the report, which shows Stamford figures in the left column, and national figures in the right:

The overwhelming whittling down in the ninth grade isn’t unique to Stamford. In Norwalk, 49.5 percent of the original members of the class of 2009 who failed to graduate with their class were “lost” in their freshman year. Another 16.7 percent were lost in 10th grade and 33.9 percent were lost in their junior year, the report says.

It’s a bit more spread out in Bridgeport, where 32.4 percent were lost in ninth grade, 16.6 percent in 10th, 24.3 percent in 11th and 26.8 percent of students who left the pipeline did so in 12th grade. Bridgeport’s overall graduation rate for the class of 2009 was 64.5 percent, while Norwalk’s was 76.5 percent and Stamford’s was 79.8 percent, according to the report.

Maggie Gordon

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