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Dorn’s Dropout Bill to Be Heard in House

OLYMPIA — February 9, 2015 — The consequences of not graduating from high school are serious for both individuals and society, as a whole. The House Education Committee today will hear a bill requested by State Superintendent Randy Dorn designed to reduce the state’s dropout rate.

House Bill 1864 would provide intensive, evidence-based supports to struggling students, including those with substance abuse and mental health issues.

“There are many reasons students drop out of school,” Dorn said. “If we want to reduce the dropout rate, we must focus increased attention on the specific needs of our most vulnerable students.”

The state’s graduation rate has been stagnant for the past three years at about 76 percent. More effort is required to reach those students who drop out each year. Districts need additional resources to implement comprehensive guidance and counseling programs, provide targeted interventions to at-risk youth, and to continue to build their capacity to use data to inform student achievement plans.

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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

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