YPS Board receives dropout, remediation report

YHS Principal Melissa Barlow presents data at Tuesday’s meeting

YHS Principal Melissa Barlow

By Carol Mowdy Bond

Contributing Writer

Yukon High School Principal Melissa Barlow used Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education data for a presentation this week on college remediation and graduation rates.

In her presentation at Tuesday night’s Yukon Public Schools’ Board of Education meeting, Barlow said this is the only source of such data – and the data only tracks students who graduate and then go to public colleges and universities.

Those who attend private institutions of higher learning are not included in the data.

In 2015, 255 YHS graduates attended public colleges and universities, with 285 attending in 2017.

The remediation data shows that no YHS students entering college as freshmen for the 2017-18 school year required remediation in science.

However, remediation was needed in other subjects including reading and math. The remediation rates are several years old because that is all the regents provide.

Numerous strategies have been implemented to address remediation needs.

Barlow gave the YHS dropout report for the 2018-19 school year for 9th-12th grades.

She said a dropout is defined as any student who leaves school and does not enroll elsewhere, and that those who get GEDs and those who leave school to begin home educating are included in the definition of dropout.

In 2019, YHS had 28 dropouts out of 2,500 grads. In 2016, there were 52, and in 2015 there were 46.

Approximately half of these dropouts left YHS to home educate. YHS has intervention strategies in place for students at risk of dropping out.

“We are doing a great job at the high school to provide all kinds of opportunities to students who leave high school and go straight into the workforce,” YPS Superintendent Dr. Jason Simeroth said.