Dropout rate

definition

The drop-out rate is a flow rate which reveals the ratio of pupils who from one year to the next either no longer attend school, have moved to another school system or have died. It is calculated by dividing the number of pupils dropping out from grade (g)during year (t) by the total number of pupils in grade (g)in year (t).

example of use

The introduction of the Grade 10 assessment in Texas in the USA has been associated with an increase in the Grade 9 retention rate, in the school drop-out rate, and in the time devoted to subjects tested at the expense of other subjects (Kellaghan and Greaney, 2001: 81).

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