GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The numbers are in and school dropout rates across Colorado are down. We've also seen a decrease here in Mesa County, as 2.8% of students in District 51 dropped out in 2013. That’s down .1% from the year before.
However, looking back to 2011, the percentage was higher at 3.4 percent. For the State of Colorado this year's numbers are the lowest dropout rate since 2003, at 2.5% and for District 51. That’s the lowest since 2005 and 2006 for the district.
"Since 2005 and 06 our dropout rate has gone from 4.8 down to 2.8 which is 2 % less students that are dropping out and that 2 % of 9,000 is 90 so that’s another 180 students that stayed in our system this year as compared to 2005 and 06," says William Larsen.