Colorado Department of Education reports dropout rate down, graduation rate up

DENVER - The Colorado Department of Education says the dropout rate in Colorado is continuing to drop and the graduation rate is improving.

- Drop out rate

While 10,664 students dropped out during the 2012-2013 school year, the dropout rate is at 2.5 percent. That's the lowest dropout rate since 2003 when the rate was 2.4 percent, state officials said.

The dropout rate reflects the percentage of all students enrolled in grades seven through 12 who leave school without transferring to another educational environment during a single school year.

For more information, visit http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdereval/dropoutcurrent.

- Graduation rate

The on-time graduation rate for the class of 2013 was 76.9 percent. That's up 1.5 percent from the year before.

State officials said there were 877 more graduates in the class of 2013 than in the class of 2012.

The on-time graduation rate reflects the percentage of students from a given graduation class who receive a diploma within four years of completing 8th grade.

Individual district, school and statewide data are available at http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdereval/gradcurrent.htm.