School Districts Receive State Report Card
This year's school report card brought good and bad news to the Columbia district.
The state's school accountability report card is out. The results: More students dropped out in the last year.
"It is easy for kids to slip through the cracks. That's not an excuse. It's what we have to do to address to fill those cracks," said Hickman High School Principal Mike Jeffers.
"We're always concerned when we have students that drop out of school," said Columbia Assistant Superintendent Cheryl Cozette, "We use these figures that came out in our state report as a guide to help us to know whether or not we are succeeding."
The bad news with this report: The Columbia public high schools drop out rate jumped by over one percent. That's nearly 2% higher than the state average.
School officials say the unpredictably of drop outs make them hard to control.
"There's so many different variables. Anything from moving around. Mobility issues. Students move in for two weeks. They leave. We don't know why they left. But we have to count them as a drop out," said Jeffers.
Yet there is also good news.
65% of Columbia's high school graduates go on to a four year college. That's 27% higher than the state average.
"We are pleased with the results but we are always looking for ways that we can improve," said Cozette
Jefferson City schools had an even higher drop out-rate.
6.8% of students dropped out this year. That's 3% higher than the Missouri average.
61% of the Jefferson City graduates went onto college. That's far above the Missouri average