High school students that leave a district without officially withdrawing will count as a dropout.
Also, students that don’t receive a high school diploma within four years can’t be counted as a graduate.
That’s part of the new federal guidelines for calculating graduation and dropout rates.
Area school districts are either adjusting or developing how to improve the graduation rate and also prevent students from dropping out.
For this report, a look at what the Atlanta Public Schools District plans to do.
Some ideas work and some don’t.