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Oklahoma City student dropout rate cut in half

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OKLAHOMA CITY - The student dropout rate in the state's largest public school district has been cut in half.

Oklahoma City Board of Education officials announced a 2.9% dropout rate for the school year ending in 2014.

That's 342 students, which is about half the number from 2013.

What's working?

In part, flexible tutoring sessions and testing boot camps.

Also, the district has been following up personally with dropouts.

"This past year, we really worked hard to track down students and figure out why they're dropping out," Aurora Lora, Associate Superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS), said Monday night.  "Making sure they knew about innovative options... so that they know that we want them here, that there are great ways that we can help them get to graduation, and I think our work has really paid off."

OKCPS has also started a student mentoring program. Older students are sharing "what to expect" with younger students.

 

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