High School Dropout Statistics

For the most current report card/district summary on Champaign City schools by the Illinois State Board of Education please see the following website.

Included in the summary is information regarding: enrollment, attendance, drop out rates, ACT scores, graduation rates, class sizes, minutes devoted to subjects, percentage of students meeting Illinois learning standards, Illinois achievement test scores, and educator information.

According to the summary, the dropout rate for the Champaign district was 2.1% during the 2004–2005 school year. The dropout rate for the state was 4.0% during the same year.

You can also find more information about the school district at their website.

Furthermore, according to an article on News-Gazette.com, entitled “Dropping Out: The High Cost of Quitting”, every year, in every school district in Champaign County, Vermilion County and across the state and nation, students make the decision to drop out of school. It‘s a decision that comes with high costs for them and the rest of society. In Champaign high schools, more than 500 students have dropped out in the last five years, and more than 250 from Urbana High School in the last five years. In the Champaign school district, the dropout rate has fluctuated between 2 and 5 percent, just below the state average. In Urbana, the rate has climbed in the last few years from a low of 2 percent in 1998 to 6.1 percent in the 2001–02 school year.

No single indicator can be associated with most dropouts because students ultimately abandon school for various reasons, making it impossible for schools, teachers and administrators to find a single solution to the problem. But parents and educators should take the following signs as red flags that signal a possible dropout in the making.

The student:

  • Regularly misses school, continued absences leading to poor academic performance and noninvolvement in school activities.
  • Does not participate in extracurricular activities.
  • Receives more counseling than most students.
  • Exhibits a genuine dislike for school.
  • Typically has poor grades.
  • Is one or two academic levels below grade level.
  • Has been retained one or more times.
  • Has failed three to five classes by high school.
  • Struggles with discipline.
  • Comes from a low socio-economic background.
  • Has a family that moves a lot.

Another article relating to this issue, entitled “Larger Proportion of Minorities Fail to Graduate” can be found on the News-Gazette.com website.

Illinois Board of Education
Date Last Revisited: 1/11/2010