More Than 1 in 10 Tennessee High Schools are "Dropout Factories"

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fourteen percent of the high schools in Tennessee are classified as so-called "dropout factories."

These are schools where no more than 60 percent of the students who start as freshmen make it to their senior year. That dubious distinction applies to more than one in 10 high schools across America.

In Tennessee, 37 high schools fit in the category. Most are in the state's urban school districts: Memphis had 15 schools, Nashville had eight and Hamilton County had seven.

Schools in mostly rural counties fitting the category were Bledsoe County High School, Sequatchie County High School, and Roane County's Midway high school.

The figures come from an analysis of U.S. Department of Education data conducted by Johns Hopkins University for The Associated Press.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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