SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The number of students dropping out of Springfield public schools is going down, the city's superintendent of schools says.
During a news conference Monday afternoon, Superintendent Daniel Warwick announced a decline in the dropout rate. Warwick said that the development is encouraging, and added that he hoped that it will reflect in an increased graduation rate as well.
The dropout rate has gone down by 35% since 2012. That year, the city’s dropout rate was at 10%. It now is down to 6.5%. That’s 241 fewer students leaving the school system, compared to 2009.
Warwick said that there has been a community-wide effort to keep kids in school, and he thinks the initiative is working.
Warwick told 22News free summer and night classes have helped students who cannot afford to pay for extra classes to make up the lessons they missed.
“We’ve doubled and tripled our kids making up credits in night and summer school because the school committee allowed me to offer it free to every student. Students are coming from families that are almost in 90% in poverty, so that was a barrier,” said Warwick.
Warwick said the decreasing dropout rate will mean an increasing graduation rate in the near future.