Non-Academic Data

Students across South Central Kentucky are enjoying the warm days of their summer vacation.

However, for many school districts the work is just beginning.

The Kentucky Department of Education recently released a report of non-academic data for every school district in the state.

The report includes attendance, retention, and dropout rates.

Cumberland County Schools had a drop-out rate of 7.33 percent.

Superintendent John Hurt says that equals out to about 21 or 22 students age 16 and older.

Hurt says: "We're in a small school district, so one or two students can skew a percentage up or down dramatically."

To help lower the drop-out rate, Cumberland County Schools are making a few changes next year.

The high school will have a freshman orientation for students and their parents, so they can tour the school and meet their teachers.

The school will also switch from block scheduling to a seven period day.

Hurt says: "One of the things that we've found out about block scheduling is once students get behind, they may become discouraged because of the amount of time and the speed of those classes."

This summer the school will also start a credit recovery program to help students get caught up.

Hurt says: "We've had summer school in the past, but it wasn't for credit recovery, it was for enrichment or other things"

Hurt says this isn't a new effort. He says his district works every day to encourage its students to stay in school.

For more information on how your child's school did you can log onto http://www.education.ky.gov/KDE/Default.htm


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