Study Calls 22 High Schools in Washington "Dropout Factories"
Toppenish, WA - A new study by researches at Johns Hopkins University is calling 22 high schools in Washington State "Dropout Factories."
Four high schools in our viewing area were named to that list; Grandview, Toppenish, AC Davis and Eisenhower.
In order to make the list, 40% of a school's freshman class did not make it to their senior year.
Toppenish Principal Walt Wegener says the math is flawed. According to OSPI, his school's drop out rate is less than two percent and the graduation rate is 93%.
"Let's say we have 300 students in our freshman class and 150 of them transfer to other schools, then we only have 150 kids that are actually here," says Wegener, "If we graduate 140 of them, we actually have a 90-plus percent graduation rate."
Nationally, 12% of schools had a 40% dropout rate.
The figure is a three-year average for the classes of 2004, 2005 and 2006.