Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Investing in dropout prevention

Studies show taxpayers save $10,500 per year, every year, for each student who stays in school and graduates rather than dropping out.

Now Washington has a new law that will use proven strategies to reduce the dropout rate and help more students graduate from high school.

The Governor's signature on House Bill 1599 means that for the first time, there will be a pay-for-performance system to incentivize schools to address dropout prevention.

"After years of high school dropout rates remaining fairly unchanged, I truly believe this bill will mark the beginning of a new era for high school graduation rates all across Washington state," said Rep. Tim Probst, who prime-sponsored the bill.

You can read more about the Pay for Actual Student Success (PASS) Act here and here.

To read this blog post in Spanish, go here.