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.