dropout factory

dropout factory

A high school that has an unusually high number of students who leave school (drop out) before graduating. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. With so little funding going to public education these days, it's no wonder that so many schools are becoming dropout factories.
See also: dropout, factory
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In 2012, nearly one-quarter of African-American students attended a dropout factory, compared with 46 percent in 2002.
In 2012, 23 percent of African-American students attended a dropout factory compared to 46 percent in 2002.
From New York to Florida to Alaska--few regions of the United States are spared a local dropout factory.
When a dropout factory like Chicago State turns in a 13 percent graduation rate, it's business as usual.
Utah, which has low poverty rates and fewer minorities than most states, is the only state without a dropout factory.
The school I attended on the Lower East Side was one of the worst-performing schools and was known as a dropout factory," recalls the now assistant professor at the City University of New York's Queens College.
In 2011, 25 percent of African American students attended a dropout factory compared to 46 percent in 2002 and 17 percent of Hispanic students down from a high of 39 percent in 2002.
Massachusetts, Rhode Island, North Dakota and Montana saw no change in their dropout factory numbers and nine states increased the number of dropout factory schools.
22 states had a decline of dropout factory high schools in urban areas, and most of the decline in dropout factory schools (216 of the 261) occurred in the South.
And the number of " dropout factory " high schools (a high school where 12th-grade enrollment is 60 percent or less than the 9th-grade enrollment three years previously) dropped from 2,007 to 1,550 from 2002 to 2010 - a 23 percent decrease .