Outcome: Graduate High School Ready for College

Indicator: High School Dropout Rates

Significance of this indicator:

As reported in National Public Radio's Series on the "Cost of Dropping Out":

  • Youth who drop out of high school are more likely than their counterparts with a high school diploma to experience unemployment; over a lifetime they will earn $200,000 less than a high school graduate and almost a $1 million less than a college graduate.
  • Dropouts are more likely to commit crimes, abuse drugs and alcohol, become teenage parents, live in poverty and commit suicide.  
  • Dropouts cost the state and federal governments billions of dollars in lost earnings, welfare and medical costs and billions more for those in prison.

How we are doing on this indicator:

The dropout rate for Colorado students in grades 10-12 is five percent. Locally, the dropout rate for Pueblo City Schools was four to five percentage points higher than figures for the state and Pueblo County School District 70. From the 2009-10 school year to the 2010-11 school year, the dropout rates for Pueblo County School District 70 have decreased slightly, while rates for Pueblo City Schools have increased.

The high school drop out rates for Pueblo City Schools dropped by over 65 percent since the 2010-2011 report.  Colorado as a whole and Pueblo County School District 70's dropout rates dropped by over 50 percent since the 2010-2011 report.

What the Data Tell Us


Definition:  The Dropout Rate is calculated by dividing the number of dropouts during the school year by the total number of students that were part of the same membership base at any time during the school year.

Data Source: Colorado Department of Education

Data Considerations:  Figures represent data for grades 10-12 and include alternative school data.