State 06-07 Dropout Rate Increases, GCS Shows Decrease

The image “http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:rZDBhT53bVI-MM:http://www.ncwiseowl.org/erate/images/DPI_logo1.png” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Definitely not good news for the two democrats running for governor, who both happen to sit on the State Board of Education…DPI just released the annual dropout report and it is dismal.

In a statement released this morning, DPI says a total of 23,550 students – or 5.24 percent of the students in grades nine through 12 – dropped out of school in the 2006-07 school year, according to the “Annual Dropout Event Report for School Year 2006-07” today presented to the State Board of Education. The dropout rate in 2005-06 was 5.04 percent or 22,180 students.

Forty-three percent of North Carolina’s 115 school districts reported a decrease in dropout events with Washington, Clay and Camden counties showing the largest rate decreases – approximately 50 percent decreases in each case. Large increases in a handful of school districts pushed up the state average, this morning’s statement said.

DPI excerpt:

The image “http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:8ATbM5KcTe31RM:http://www.ncuc.commerce.state.nc.us/images/thHowardLee1.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. State Board of Education Chairman Howard Lee said he was deeply concerned about the number of students dropping out of school. “Students drop out of school for many reasons, including excessive absences, family concerns, academic problems or the belief that they can finish a high school credential more quickly through a GED program, but North Carolinians need to make sure these young people realize how tough it can be for them once they bypass their high school diploma. High school graduation today is a bare minimum for economic survival, and we need to support all students so that they graduate from high school.”

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What were Guilford’s official numbers?

In the full text report (which can be found here), and listed on “Table 1” of the report, GCS lists a year-over-year decrease between 05-06 and 06-07 with a dropout rate of 2.99 percent.

That’s good, but more remains to be done. And recent events within GCS suggest that we cannot let our guard down and lose sight of what’s going on. Our schools are in dire need of attention from all levels and the time to get involved is now.

E.C. 🙂

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2 Responses

  1. Dont believe these numbers. Eric. Only 66% of enrolling freshmen end up starting their senior year in GCS.

    I think they need to define how they define a dropout.
    I heard that they only consider someone a dropout if they actually go to the office and say “I’m out”.

  2. Where r ur drop out rates for the 50 states??

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