February 08, 2016 04:34 pm
A Colorado school district is working to reduce the number of high school dropouts through a process of early identification and intervention, The Tribune reports. Education reporter Tyler Silvy explains that according to a study conducted on select Colorado school districts, the average on-time high school graduation rate is 85 percent. If a ninth-grade student fails a course, that student’s chance of graduating on time decreases by 15 percentage points. Two failed courses drops it to 55 percent, and three failed courses drops it to 42 percent. Greeley-Evans School District 6 (District 6) has teamed up with a consulting firm called Zero Dropouts to identify and work with students who are failing one or more classes and therefore may be at risk for dropping out down the road.