Record Staff – The Estrie region has met and exceeded its 2020 goal related to the school dropout rate and reached its lowest rate among boys, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEES), for 2015-2016 in the public school network. These results come after more than 12 years of action in favor of school perseverance and educational success in the region by the partners of the Table estrienne de concertation interordres en éducation (TECIÉ) and the Partners for educational success Estrie (Project PRÉE). The dropout rate is defined by the proportion of students without a diploma or qualification who are not enrolled in the Québec school system one year after leaving their institution. The goal set by the TECIÉ and Project PRÉE has not only been met, but exceeded. According to the partners, the goal was to decrease the dropout rate from a starting point of 30.2 per cent to 18 per cent in Estrie by 2020. Looking at the results for 2015-2016, the regional rate is already 17.3 per cent in the public network. See full story in the Friday, Jan. 25 edition of The Record.