About 800 fewer students dropped out of S.C. high school in 2010, according to a new report from the state Department of Education.
The decrease, for the 2009-2010 school year, is the second consecutive year of improvement. Since the '07-'08 school year, the total number of high school dropouts has decreased to 6,265 from 8,032 -- a 22 percent drop.
State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais said the results are a step in the right direction.
"There is no silver bullet to magically improve high school graduation rates, but by focusing on the needs of students, we can and will make progress," Zais said.
-- Gina Smith