CONCORD — In 2010, the N.H. Department of Education changed the way it calculated the dropout rates for individual districts. Before this, the state used one year of actual data and projected it forward for four years and estimated a rate.
Since 2010, it uses the same method as it does for tracking graduation rates.
This system still leaves a number of students unaccounted for but the actual number of dropouts and people who earned a GED from one particular class is more accurately reflected.
Newfound Regional has made the best showing for lowering the number of dropouts. In 2010, the district recorded 8 students as dropouts while in 2014, there were only two. Two others completed a GED or equivalent before October of 2014.
Inter-Lakes has two dropouts in 2014 and three recorded in 2010. The years between were consistent with a bump in 2011 that saw 5 students classified as dropouts.
Belmont High School and Winnisquam Regional High School each recorded one student who dropped out in 2014. In 2010, dropouts numbered four and zero respectively. In Belmont, three student earned a GED in 2010.
Gilford High School recorded five students who dropped out in 2014 as compared to two who dropped out in 2010. In 2010 one student earned a GED while in 2014 two GED were recorded.
Laconia High School saw a significant reduction in the number of dropouts from nine in 2010 to four in 2014. Ten students earned a GED in 2010 while 11 earned one in 2014.
Franklin High School recorded four students who dropped out in 2010 which increased to 10 in 2014. Thirteen students earned a GED in 2014 in Franklin while one was recorded in 2010.
In 2010, Prospect Mountain reported three students as dropouts and in 2014 reported one student as a dropout. Five students earned a GED in 2014 and none were earned in 2010.
The story not told is what happened to the students who were included in the N.H. Department of Education groupings, but not accounted for in either the graduation rate or listed as either a dropout or someone who passed the GED.
For example, in Laconia in the Class of 2010 there were 224 students and 193 of them graduated. Ten of them earned a GED before October of 2010 and nine of them were officially classified as dropouts. That leaves 12 students in that class who are unaccounted for.
Statewide, on average 7 percent of the students who began in a class are unaccounted for, meaning they could be working, dead, or have earned a GED or an alternative high school degree after the October deadline. Students who are home-schooled are also not included in these figures.
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