@JimmyT - I totally agree. I actually had a high school principal tell me that they were glad when some students dropped out that would lower the average tests scores for the student body as a whole!
Thinking like this shows that the schools are not caring about the success of every kid and the fact that the government bases funding around test scores only make an endless spiral for the schools that are struggling.
The government really needs to re-think what they are doing in regards to education and education funding and try to keep as many students in school as possible whatever way they can.
I truly believe that dropout factories can definitely lower in frequency if more emphasis was put on helping the schools in need instead of punishing them with their low test scores.
There definitely is a correlation between the lack of funding and dropout factories as well as what little is done to progress the positive growth of these schools and I wonder if there are already studies out there on this topic?