CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Within a year's time, the number of dropouts in Kanawha County Schools has increased while the number of students who qualify for the state's Promise scholarship has decreased, according to data released by the Board of Education on Monday.
The district's ACT scores have mostly stayed the same, with students scoring an average composite of 20.9 for two years in a row. That number is on par with the national average and slightly higher than the state average, which has maintained at 20.6.
County ACT scores in English, math and science have slightly decreased, while reading scores stayed the same.
Total dropouts for Kanawha County Schools increased from 361 students during the 2011-12 school year to 395 students during the 2012-13 school year.
Promise scholars -- outgoing high school seniors who keep a 3.0 grade point average and score a 22 on the ACT -- have decreased from 378 to 367.
Kanawha County Schools produced more Promise scholars than any district in West Virginia, with George Washington High having the most by far at 103 students, and Sissonville High and Riverside High at the bottom with less than 20 scholars each.
However, Herbert Hoover, St. Albans and South Charleston high schools produced the highest number of Promise scholars that they have had in five years.
Kanawha County's standardized test scores continue to be above the state average, with 78 percent of the county's schools labeled as "success" or "transition" schools -- the highest rankings designated by the Department of Education under the state's new accountability system.