(November 24, 2009) Schools are consistently losing one-third of our high school students. IDRA has been releasing an attrition study for
Texas each year for 24 years revealing trends that mirror the nation. Attrition rates are an indicator of a school’s holding power, or the ability to keep students enrolled in school and learning until they graduate. Roy L. Johnson, M.S., director of Support Services at IDRA and author of the study for a number of years, discusses why counting dropouts is important and how the data can be used to strengthen school holding power. Roy is interviewed by
Aurelio Montemayor, M.Ed., director of the IDRA Texas Parent Information and
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