Along with the graduation rate information, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education also released dropout rate statistics for districts and schools. Statewide, the percentage of students who dropped out during the 2013-14 school year was 2%; the 4-year dropout rate was 5.6%. The difference between the annual dropout rate and the 4-year statistic is that the annual rate refers to the percentage of students in any grade that dropped out in a given school year. The 4-year dropout rate is the percentage of students from a given class, or who started 9th grade for the first time in given year, that eventually dropped out 4 years later. In this case, the 4-year dropout rate refers to students in the Class of 2014 who started 9th grade in 2010.
In 2013-14, the annual dropout rate for the Lynn Public School district was 4.3%, down from 4.8% the previous school year.
The 4-year dropout rate for the Class of 2014 was 11.9%, up 0.1% from 2013 but down 4.5% from 2010.
The graduation rate for this class was 75.8%. The other students either remained in school for at least a fifth year (8.1%), were considered non-grad completers most likely due to not passing the MCAS exam (2.9%), or obtained a GED (1.4%).
Dropout rates did vary at the individual school level.
Finally, a comparison of the ten Commissioner's Districts.
All data taken from: www.doe.mass.edu