Far too many teens continue to drop out of high school

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Modified: June 12, 2013 at 7:53 am •  Published: June 12, 2013

Minor year-to-year deviations aren’t nearly as important as the real-life students behind the numbers. Oklahoma’s policymakers are focused on making sure the state’s high school students are prepared for what awaits them, whether that’s college or the workforce. It’s the right focus.

The overall improvement in the state’s graduation rate suggests schools are doing a better job of preparing students for high school and identifying and assisting students who are at risk of dropping out. The hard truth, though, is that many students leave school for circumstances that have nothing to do with academics, including the need to financially contribute to their families or care for family members.

Policymakers and those who work with students day in and day out know there are no easy answers when it comes to dropouts. Still, the stakes are too high to slow down or stop the search for strategies to prevent students from dropping out or luring back to school those who left too soon. Every one of those students has a name and a story and a future every bit as important as those who leave school with a diploma in hand.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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