The Dropout and High School Completion Report summarizes information on students in grades 7 through 12 who withdrew from secondary schools in Vermont during the school year and the preceding summer. Data included in this report were collected as part of the Agency of Education’s Spring Student Census update.
A dropout by state and federal definition is an individual student who is not enrolled in an approved educational program and who has not graduated from high school. In Vermont, a student who is absent for more than ten consecutive school days without authorization is classified as withdrawn. If a truant officer is unable to verify that the student has transferred to a different school or approved educational program (e.g. home school) before the end of the year, the student is considered a dropout for the purposes of this report. A summer dropout is a student who completed the previous school year, who was absent for the first ten days of the current school year, and who did not transfer to a different educational program.