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Dropout Prevention and Restructuring

Graduating from high school is a strong predictor of adult success which includes physical and mental health outcomes.  Mississippi is committed to improving the number of students who graduate each year college and Career Ready (State Board Goal 2).  As required by state law, each school district shall implement an annual dropout prevention plan.  The plan must be board approved and posted on the district website homepage by August 1st of each school year.

Mississippi Graduation Rate

Each high school with a graduation rate below 85% is required to develop a graduation restructuring plan. Representatives from the feeder middle schools should be included in the restructuring planning team. The newly created dropout Prevention/ Restructuring Plan is due to Dr. Lea Johnson, lea.johnson@mdek12.org

 

Top 10 Districts with the Highest Graduation Rates

Rank

District

Graduation Rate

1

Mississippi School of the Arts

100.0%

2

Mississippi School for Math and Science

98.1%

3

Enterprise School District

97.1%

4

George County School District

95.3%

5

South Delta School District

95.1%

6

Alcorn School District

94.7%

7

Bay St Louis Waveland School District

93.5%

8

Tunica County School District

93.1%

9

Poplarville Separate School District

92.6%

10

Tishomingo County School District

92.5%

Notes:

  • Ranking does not include suppressed data.
  • The table excludes districts that have been abolished due to consolidation.

 

Top 10 Districts with the Lowest Dropout Rates

Rank

District

Dropout Rate

1

Mississippi School of the Arts

0.0%

2

South Delta School District

1.6%

3

Mississippi School for Math and Science

1.9%

4

Alcorn School District

2.2%

5

West Jasper Consolidated Schools

2.4%

6

Enterprise School District

2.9%

6

George County School District

2.9%

6

East Jasper Consolidated

2.9%

7

Jefferson Davis County School District

3.1%

8

Pass Christian Public School District

3.3%

8

Jefferson County School District

3.3%

9

Lamar County School District

3.5%

10

Kemper County School District

3.6%

10

Bay St Louis Waveland School District

3.6%

10

Leland School District

3.6%

Notes:

  • Ranking does not include suppressed data.
  • The table excludes districts that have been abolished due to consolidation.
Statewide Dropout Rate 6-Year History

For information on dropout rates for your school/district and other key findings, consult the Accountability System District Graduation and Dropout Rates

The Difference Between Graduation Rate and Dropout Rate

In considering the annual dropout rate, it is critical to note that this rate is not the same as the four-year cohort graduation rate. The cohort graduation rate follows a group of ninth graders across four years’ time and reports the percentage of these students who graduate four years after beginning high school.

The annual dropout rate illustrates the number and percentage of students who drop out during one year’s time. Some of these students may return to school the following year and complete high school while others may drop out multiple times. The four-year cohort graduation rate is considered a more comprehensive picture of the issue of students’ persistence and high school completion. 

 

Dr. Lea Johnson

Bureau Director