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Study Lauds Some Indiana Schools For Reducing Dropout Rates

A new study highlights Indiana high schools which are making an effort to combat high dropout rates.  The survey highlights Richmond High School’s efforts to improve on its dropout problem.  President and CEO of America’s Promise Alliance, Marguerite Kondracke said Richmond is a true success story.

“They were dubbed a "dropout factory" several years ago when we issued our first report, and they just didn’t like that," she said.  "So they got about changing it, and today they are a true success story. They changed their graduation rate by 20 percentage points.”

Kondracke said one of the biggest problems is that students are bored.  She suggests that the best way to keep students engaged is to challenge them in the classroom.

"Interestingly, many dropouts tell us they’re bored. And so we find that the systems that have put more rigor into the classroom are actually doing better.”

The study shows Richmond High School’s efforts in adopting a trimester schedule, creating a ninth grade academy and providing students access to an intensive credit recovery initiative have been the key to the school’s success. Today, more than 75% of Richmond High School students attend college.

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