COLUMBIA — Fewer S.C. high-school students are dropping out -- a trend reflected in most Midlands school districts, according to the State Department of Education.
The study, released Wednesday, showed that 668 fewer S.C. students dropped out of high school in 2011-'12, than in the previous year.
In the 2011-’12 year, 2.5 percent of S.C. high-school students dropped out, down .3 percent from the previous year and down 1.4 percent from 2007-'08.
From 2010-’11 and 2011-’12, the largest decrease in dropout rate was among African American students. During that time, all other demographic groups saw a decline in dropout rates, except American Indian, Alaska Native and Asian or Pacific Islander students.
High-school dropout rates gradually have been declining in most Lexington and Richland county school districts over the four years reviewed in the study.
State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais said the decreasing dropout rate is good news for K-12 education and the economy.
“The prospects for long-term economic growth and job creation improve as more students graduate from high school with the skills necessary to compete for jobs in the workforce, enlist in the military, or enroll in an institution of higher education. The path to prosperity for South Carolina’s economy begins, but does not end, with greater numbers of high school graduates.” Zais said.
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