EPHS has record low drop out rate

    School District 9’s high school dropout rate is 2.3 percent for the 2006-07 year, which represents the most recent tabulation. That is down slightly from the 2005-06 figure which was 2.5 percent. One of the figures watched closely is the four year drop out rate. For Eagle Point that figure is 5.3 percent for both years.
    These figures are well below the state average, which was 4.4 percent in 2006-07, which is  an increase of .3 percent from 05-06. The four percent dropout rate statewide has 14.4 percent for the 2006-07 school year. That is up .7 from 05-06.
    The Connections program saw a 50 percent drop  from the 30.6 percent figure in 2005-06,
to 2006-07, when the dropout rate was 15.5 percent. "That’s still way too high," said Phil Ortega, attendance officer for the district.
    Ortega was hired as a full-time attendance officer for the current school year after spending a year working with District 9 as well as several other districts at the same time.
    The Oregon Department of Education report listed the following information for other school districts in the county:
    
    District                            2006-07    2005-06    Cum 4 yr. 06-07    05-06
State of Oregon                      4.4        4.1        14.4            13.7
Jackson Co. -9,665                 3.9        4.7                    15.5
Ashland-1,112 students           1.9        2.3        6.5             7.6
Butte Falls- 81 students              0        3.8                     4.0
Central Pt.-1,561 students        1.2        1.2        4.6             4.8
Eagle Point-1,180students        2.3        2.5        5.3             5.3
N. Medford-1,877 students        1.5        2.7        5.3            10.8
S. Medford-1,920 students        1.6        1.6        6.5             6.5
Phoenix-809 students              3.8        2.8        11.8            11.6
Prospect-93 students               7.5        4.9        26.9

D9 Connections-155                15.5        30.6
Medf Opportunity-1,392            11.8        14.5
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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