Schools under pressure to improve high school dropout rates

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

DENISON, Tex. ― Schools all over the country are being urged to improve dropout rates. U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings issued a statement saying that she wants to put pressure on schools to make sure that fewer students drop out.

Under the ‘No Child Left Behind’ Act, states have set their own standards for graduation requirements. Spellings says that schools must meet those standards yearly or face the consequences, which could range from having to pay for tutoring to replacing principals.

One local counselor says it can be difficult for all students to meet the standards set by the state.

"I’m all for high standards, high rigor, but I see the frustration level for some of these kids, and it’s very hard to keep them motivated when they are so very frustrated," Denison High School counselor Carrie Botteger says.

The changes to the standard were made two years ago, and apply to current sophomores and freshmen.


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  • by jeff Location: denison on Oct 29, 2008 at 10:01 AM
    i think is is a shame when a kid tries to get into pathways high school here in denison to keep from dropping out,but they won't accept them the assistant super. says let them drop out and we'll pick them up later!!!why would they do this?i've even talked to them about a ged program they say we don't have one!!i guess if your child is a football player or a cheerleader the school system would find a way to get them the help that they needed!!or if they attend park ave. church of christ it seems every thing about disd has something to do with this church!!
  • by Thoughtful Location: Ardmore on Oct 29, 2008 at 09:10 AM
    I am wondering why more life classes are not taught to high school studens, like.. mortgages, credit cards, balancing a checkbook, etc. Not to mention, here in Oklahoma, the students that "don't get it" are left behind to keep up with the high standards expected. They feel like they are stupid anyway, so why try.... more needs to be aimed at actually teaching students instead of rushing through the ciriculum so fast none of it sticks
  • by Shannaj Location: Texas on Oct 29, 2008 at 07:27 AM
    And how does anyone propose to stop the high dropout rates in schools? TEACH THE WAY THE CHILD LEARNS! Stop with the standard way of teaching. IS IT WORKING? Have each teacher educate themselves about ADD - Dyslexia - ADHD - and other leanring challenges... Make study sheets with visuals to help with memorization... A lot of people must study 5 to 6 questions at a time and then test themselves or let the parent test them when studying for a test. How do I know this? Been there done that! Myself, and my child, carry the title of being dyslexic and ADD/ADHD. We, and others like us, have to LEARN and STUDY differently. Many can't do this unless the school system understands this... Everyone needs go to the Internet and/or the library and get books about this learning difference... READ it! The answer is, and has always been, right before our eyes... Do this BEFORE the child's self-esteem is critized and/or embarrased away... Been there ---felt that!
  • by Jess on Oct 29, 2008 at 06:53 AM
    I understand that everyone wants kids to stay in school. However, most responsibility should be on the parents to keep their child in school. It's not fair to have schools completely responsible for this whenever they are already overworked as it is. It's the parents responsibility to make sure the child goes to school and the school's job to teach them.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2008 at 09:29 PM
    I know a way to improve drop out rates. Don't buy them the violent video games or let them watch the news or TV. They might think life is worth living instead of sitting around killing 'things' on their Playstation or WII or whatever.
  • by rob Location: grayson on Oct 28, 2008 at 08:48 PM
    How about holding the parents accountable? Would that be a new concept. I mean come on. These kids arent at school where are they? If the parents dont care if they come, the school will only have an uphill battle. No child left behind is the worst thing ever to happen to education. Did you know that No Child left behind was passed and told the all US public schools will have to comply but it was not funded at all.
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