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Davenport Students Drop Back in School

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Davenport Community Schools told KWQC-TV6 Monday 33 students who had dropped out of high school, have now dropped back in this year.

The district said that number is a sign its initiative to get more students graduating is working.

Pam Kirsch oversees the district's dropout prevention program and says Superintendent Art Tate directed the district to target its dropout rate about two years ago.

As of the 2011 – 2012 school year, the district's dropout rate was about 8.7 percent – the highest in the state of Iowa. However, the percentage is the lowest it's been since the 2007-2008 school year, according to the district.

The district attributes the decrease in dropouts to its Drop Back in and Finish It initiative is pushed last year along with its Graduation Destination initiative it is pushing this year.

The district said it will have an updated dropout and graduation rate by December or January. As of now, Kirsch said officials expect the rate will decrease.

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