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What's Up in Delaware

While the United States’ high schools are experiencing a 7% dropout rate, Delaware’s dropout rates are at a record low and continuing to improve on an annual basis. Moreover, even though United States’ overall dropout rates are decreasing, they are far behind the record lows reached by Delaware’s high schools. This points out to an advanced educational system. Delaware’s boarding schools have definitely played a part in this impressive educational achievement. But before looking at Delaware’s educational system, let’s first consider the statistics behind United States’ educational system.

In 2013, about two million American high school students became drop-outs. This puts a strain on United States’ legal system because 75% of all crimes are committed by high school dropouts.

This means that out of two million drop-outs at least one million have become criminals. So when you consider the state in which you want to raise your family, high school dropout rate should be at the top of your list of things to consider. As can be deduced from above information, it is directly correlated to crime rates. Delaware is an example of that phenomenon. Delaware’s educational system has helped keep the crime rates moderately low. That’s another reason why living there with your family is a good idea. So let’s consider Delaware’s educational statistics for last year.

The number of Delaware high school dropouts has reached a 30-year low in 2014. In 2015, this number has continued to improve. In 2015, only 2.1 percent of Delaware’s high school students have left school without getting a diploma. In 2014, this figure was 2.9 percent. This represents 0.8 percent improvement during the course of only one year. Equivalent data for the last four years has also been encouraging. The total number of Delaware’s high school graduates has increased from 79.9 percent for the time period of 2006 to 2010 to 84.4 percent for the time period of 2010 to 2014. Moreover, this data applies to both white and minority students.

Unlike other states where minority students account for the vast majority of dropouts, Delaware’s high school minority students graduate on time. In 2014, eighty percent of black students and almost 81 percent of Hispanic students have graduated on time. This represents a significant improvement when compared to equivalent data for previous year. Furthermore, the graduation rates for low-income students have improved even more. In 2013, 73.7 percent of low-income students have completed high school education. In 2014, that figure has risen to 78 percent.

These improvements are a part of the upward trend in Delaware’s educational system. More than 75% of Delaware’s school districts saw an improvement in graduation rates. So did Delaware’s boarding schools.

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