The annual Delaware Department of Education reports, presented to the State Board of Education on March 23, show 547 of 40,287 public school students enrolled in grades nine to 12 dropped out of school in 2016, a rate of 1.4 percent.

That is a decrease from the previous year’s rate of 2.2 percent and the lowest rate in more than 30 years. The statewide graduation rate also is up slightly. The 2016 rate of 84.66 percent is an increase from 84.3 percent in 2015 and 84.4 percent in 2014.

“I am proud of the families, educators and community partners who work together throughout the year to provide students — especially those identified as being at risk for leaving school — with the supports they need in and out of the school day so they can complete their educations,” Secretary of Education Susan Bunting said. “That said, we recognize we still have work to do. Too many of our children still are choosing to leave before earning their diplomas, setting themselves up for great challenges in life.”