ST. LOUIS — The Missouri House Task Force on Dropout Prevention scheduled a hearing Tuesday in St. Louis as education officials work to reverse a rise in the dropout rate.
Missouri's dropout rate reached a low of 3.3 percent in 2003, but has been rising since then. During the 2007-2008 school year, 4.2 percent of students dropped out.
The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says that amounts to about 70 students quitting for each school day.
The task force is drafting legislation on reducing the dropout rate, especially in urban areas.
A law enacted earlier this year changed Missouri's mandatory school attendance age of 16. Now, students must stay in school until they either turn age 17 or complete at least 16 credits.