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Tri-State Schools Being Targeted As Dropout Factories

Rod Schroder, Amarillo Independent School District Superintendent Rod Schroder, Amarillo Independent School District Superintendent

Three schools in the tri-state area have been targeted as so called "dropout" factories. 
    
According to a study by John Hopkins University, Dumas, Tucumcari and Tascosa High Schools only have a 60% graduation rate. The study came up with their drop out rates by dividing the number of students enrolled in the 12th grade by the number of students enrolled in the 9th grade four years earlier. 

All of the targeted school districts tell NewsChannel 10 that just isn't enough information to get an accurate number. They say the study did not take into account more information about the student.  Like transfers in and out of a school, G.E.D. completion, enrollment numbers and whether or not the student finished early or late. 

"It's not at all precise the Texas system is a very precise because we track every student, so I think someone needs to lean upon the Texas system for the truth about Texas schools." said Amarillo Independent School District Superintendent Rod Schroder.

New Mexico also uses the same criteria to come to their numbers well.  Completion rates for the schools are 88% in Dumas and they say they only had 6 dropouts throughout their whole school district in the past year. In Tucumcari it's 89% and they say the number of dropouts are decreasing in their district, and Tascosa's is 84% the second highest in the entire district.  The state average in Texas is 84% and for region 16 it's 89%, so all schools are doing well.

The creators of the study were contacted, but did not return our calls by news time.

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