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Report: 'Dropout factories' on decline in Ohio

ATLANTA (AP) - A new report shows the numbers of so-called "dropout factory" high schools have fallen in Ohio and across the U.S. since 2002.

The decline nationwide translates to at least 100,000 more students getting a diploma. But the report released Tuesday by the America's Promise Alliance also says that progress needs to increase fivefold for the country to graduate 9 out of 10 students by 2020.

A dropout factory is a school where less than 60 percent of students who started as freshmen remain enrolled four years later. The number fell nationally from 2,007 in 2002 to 1,746 in 2008, the most recent data available.

Ohio schools in that group declined from 75 to 63 during those same years while the state's graduation rate rose from 77.5 percent to 79 percent.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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