New Report Gives Recommendations to Lower High School Dropout Rate

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A commission appointed by the
Legislature has set a goal of reducing the state's high school
dropout rate by 25 percent in the next five years.

Currently, about 65 percent of high school students graduate.

The Alabama Select Commission on High School Graduation released
a report Tuesday that included a number of recommendations. The
commission completed the report after holding five hearings on the
issue around the state.

The recommendations include tracking the progress of students
from kindergarten to graduation to determine times when students
are at risk of dropping out. The panel also recommended reviewing
school disciplinary procedures to make sure they were improving
student conduct and not encouraging students to drop out.

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