Drop Out Benchmarks


We recognize that making the decision to not finish high school has long term impacts on a student's future. Helping these students reconnect to educational programs so they can earn their high school diploma is our goal. Our high school teams continue to reach out to these students to encourage and support them in finding a program that can help them complete the requirements and earn their high school diploma.

Alternative programs available through Tacoma Public Schools: 

  • Oakland High School
  • Willie Stewart Academy
  • Goodwill GED
  • TCC Fresh Start.

Legacy reports

Our current reports show data from the 2018 school year and beyond using improved reporting tools. Legacy reports show older data using older tools.

 Reengaged View Benchmark

 Dropout View Benchmark

Understanding the data

The reengagement rate is determined by comparing the number of students who returned to school after having dropped out to the total number of students eligible to reengage.

Because a school year includes two calendar years, such as 2014-2015, the school year on the benchmark chart is identified by the second calendar year. For example, the 2014-2015 school year is identified as 2015 on the chart.​​

The data may be viewed by district, region, school, and race. It can be further filtered by gender, English Language Learner status, free and reduced lunch status, and special education status.​


  • The intial pool of dropouts was established by counting all students at the end of 2011 who had a negative withdrawal code.
  • Each subsequent school year the students in the pool are reviewed for a change in withdrawal code to a positive code.
  • At the end of each school year the enrollment records are reviewed an any students with a negative withdrawal code not in the dropout pool is added.
  • To calculate the percentage of reengagement the number of students in the dropout pool who turned positive is divided by the total number of student in the dropout pool..

*Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, improvements have been made in the accuracy of enrollment calculations. Prior year calculations may be off less than  0.5%.

Data Retrieval Schedule

The data is extracted from the student information system and updated in the data warehouse nightly.

Input From

Data Warehouse​​​