High school dropout rate in PA, NJ better than national average

    A new federal report on high school dropout rates gives good marks to schools in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

    New Jersey continues to have one of the lowest dropout rates in the nation, just 1.6 percent.


    The report by the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics says Pennsylvania’s rate has seen steady decline over the past decade.

    In 2003, it was 3.2 percent. Now, according to most recent figures (2009-2010 school year), it’s 2.1 percent.

    Both states do better than the nation in general, which has a dropout rate of 3.4 percent.

    The study ranks the dropout rate for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


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