New reports: Dropout rates for OKC students spiked last school year

Posted on: 3:52 pm, January 21, 2014, by , updated on: 03:55pm, January 21, 2014

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City School Board is meeting Tuesday night to consider a troubling report that shows dropout rates in the district are climbing.

Last year, 762 students dropped out of school in Oklahoma City.

That number represents almost twice as many students compared to the previous year.

Some critics say a culprit could be the state’s new tougher graduation requirements.

Currently, students must pass end-of-the-year exams in order to get their diploma.

Some students who failed the tests are getting discouraged and dropping out, rather than retaking the test.

Seniors are required to pass four of seven tests before they are awarded a graduation certificate.

The board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at 900 N. Klein.