The Colorado Department of Education released it's report card of how school districts in our state are doing when it comes to high school graduation and dropout rates.
Overall the stats continue to go down for the number of dropouts and up for the number of graduates from year to year. El Paso County's largest district, 11 is mirroring those results, too. D-11 Spokesperson Devra Ashby told me, "It just helps us to know we are on the right track and we are doing a good job."
Ashby believes changes in how students are assessed throughout the state standards are helping to fuel the positive news. She also talked about specific programs that are helping too, to retain students. That includes what's called freshman academies. to help ease the transition from middle to high school.
Ashby described them this way, "When students are able to come a few days earlier before any kids get there, they are able to focus on important stuff and get their first day butterflies out before they are introduced to the whole student population."
D-11 staff is going over the number and checking out to see what programs work and which don't and make changes if needed to retain even more students.
I've put a link to each district's results in Colorado and their history, year to year so you can check out your school system and see how it measures up.
Go to our front page under links we mentioned.