By Theresa Woelk
HERMISTON The news was good for local schools last week when the Oregon Department of Education announced the dropout rates.
The news was especially good for Umatilla High School (UHS), which experienced one of the largest declines in dropout rates in the state last year. Most area high schools had decreases in their numbers, but UHS had the largest.
UHS went from a 15.64 percent dropout rate for the 1999-2000 school year to a rate of 6.69 percent for the 2000-2001 school year. Twenty students out of the projected 299 students in UHS dropped out last year. The schools four-year drop out rate decreased from 47.34 percent two years ago to 23.52 percent last year.
The state overall experienced a decline in dropout rates. The rate decreased by about 1 percent from 6.3 percent to 5.25 percent for the 2000-2001 school year. It is the largest decrease in the dropout rate for a single year in the last 10 years and the third consecutive year with a decline. (For the full story please see the January 22, 2002 issue of the Hermiston Herald.)