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Dropout Data and Statistics

The Division of Data Quality collects data 
on secondary-level students who drop out of school.

Data used in calculating dropout rates was collected via the Pennsylvania Information Management System (PIMS) starting in 2007-08.  In prior years, this data was collected via the Public School Enrollment Report (ESPE) and the Public School Dropout Survey (EDGR). These instruments provided a "snapshot" of the fall enrollment in grades 7 through 12 and the total number of dropouts in those grades throughout a single school year.

The following definitions apply:

DROPOUT - A student who, for any reason other than death, leaves school before graduation without transferring to another school/institution.

DROPOUT RATE - An annual or "event" rate that measures the proportion of students enrolled who drop out during a single school year. The total number of dropouts for the school year is divided by the fall enrollment for the same year.

The total number of dropouts is counted for the 12-month period from October 1 to September 30, but the total secondary enrollment was obtained on October 1 (a snapshot view).

Included below are reports on current and trend dropout data by school.  Provided in these listings are individual school dropout data and dropout rates as well as summaries for local education agencies, counties and the state. These are provided in Microsoft Excel and Adobe PDF Format.

PDE - Data and Statistics - Dropout Data  
  Name Description
MS Excel Documents Dropouts Public by School 2012-13.xlsx Dropouts Public by School 2012-13
MS Excel Documents Dropouts Public by School 2011-12.xls Dropouts Public by School 2011-12
MS Excel Documents Dropouts Public by School 2010-11.xls Dropouts Public by School 2010-11
MS Excel Documents Dropouts Public by School 2009-10.xls Public Secondary School Dropouts by School 2009-10
MS Excel Documents Dropouts Public by School 2008-09.xls Dropouts Public by School 2008-09
MS Excel Documents Dropouts Public by School 2007-08.xls Dropouts Public by School 2007-08
PDF Documents Dropouts Public by School 2006-07.pdf Dropouts Public by School 2006-07
PDF Documents Dropouts Public by School 2005-06.pdf Dropouts Public by School 2005-06
PDF Documents Dropouts Public by School 2004-05.pdf Dropouts Public by School 2004-05

For additional information, please contact:

Data Collection Team |
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Division of Data Quality
333 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.787.2644 | Fax: 717.787.3148 | TTY: 717.783.8445
Ra-DDQDataCollection@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us