a greater emphasis on engaging elective classes;
the now well-established “Guidance Seminar,” which is taught by guidance counselors and helps students to understand that they have choices;
additional structured support for struggling students through an Academic Support class;
the commitment of all faculty to helping students succeed through the development of strong supportive relationships; and
a growing appreciation among students that in the current economy they need
to graduate to be a successful member of the workforce.
The DESE report also announced that the annual dropout rate in the state fell to 2.5 percent, the lowest rate in decades. The state’s annual dropout rate declined to 2.5 percent in 2011-12, the fourth consecutive year below 3 percent and lowest overall rate in decades.
Last year’s improvement in the state’s annual dropout rate meant that 843 fewer students dropped out in 2011-12 than during the previous year, and 4,385 fewer students dropped out than in 2006-07, when the annual dropout rate was at a high mark of 3.8 percent.
At Triton Regional High School, the drop-out rate has seen a steady decline over the past three years: 2011-12, 2.1 percent; 2010-11, 2.2 percent; 2009-10, 2.6%
“The FY14 budget discussion is very focused on what additional staffing we need to ensure that students at risk of failure (not just those with identified special needs) receive the support they need to be successful,” said Farmer, who also noted that the district will keep on expecting more, “working toward all students having well developed literacy skills, engaging all students in a rigorous and relevant curriculum, differentiating instruction, personalizing students’ experience of their school, and building our professional capacity to secure excellence for all.”