Gov. John Lynch is praising efforts to keep kids in school which he says cut last year’s dropout rate in New Hampshire by almost one-third.
A report released Tuesday by the State Department of Education shows the four-year cumulative dropout rate through the last academic year was 6.7 percent, down from 9.7 percent a year earlier.
The report said 24 high schools reduced the number of dropouts by at least 50 percent. The report also found an increase in the number of young people who dropped out, but later returned school.
Beginning this year, the state’s compulsory school attendance age is 18.