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Wake County graduation rate slips

Posted July 21, 2008

Wake County Public School System

— The graduation rate from Wake County high schools dropped slightly this year, officials said Monday.

The district's graduation rate for 2007-08 was 78.8 percent, down from 79.3 percent the previous year. The graduation rate measures the percentage of students who earn their diplomas within four years of entering high school.

“We are being asked to address the needs of more students and meet greater challenges,” Superintendent Del Burns said in a statement. “We need the help of our community to meet these demands while pushing towards graduating not most, but all of our students.”

East Wake School of Health Science had the highest graduation rate at 96.3 percent, followed by Green Hope High School at 92.6  percent and Apex High School at 90.1 percent.

Girls had a higher graduation rate than boys by a nine-point margin, 83 to 74 percent.

The graduation rate varied considerably among ethnic groups, with nine of 10n Asian and white students, six out of 10en African-American students and five of 10 Hispanic students graduating on time, officials said.


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  • TheAdmiral Jul 22, 2008

    "Too bad the money we pay in taxes isn't attached to the child "

    Another socialist idea that have people running for the door.

    Look, I have said my piece on education and got whining and whimpering who believe that I don't believe in a fair shake. I believe in equality since fair is subjective.

    "It's not fair that I don't get the pay I deserve." What do you deserve? If we attach a teachers salary to the child, then I think I could go with it. Why? Because a teacher gets paid more if they have programs that graduate the kids. The lazy ones will eventually bankrupt themselves out of the system. As it should be.

  • something2say Jul 22, 2008

    This is a sad state of affairs! At this point we are so far behind, how do we catch up????? It would be nice to attach the money to the child so I could send my child to private but then again if you don't have to make a financial committment to private then the parent support is not there. Without parent support kids and schools are doomed to fail!

  • whatusay Jul 22, 2008

    Wake County's motto - "the unwilling, led by the incompetent, to do the impossible".

  • shep8851 Jul 22, 2008

    have to begin to wonder if school systems--like conglomerates--can actually get so big that they become basically incapapble of doing whatever it was they were supposed to do in the beginning??? US government as an example.

  • rc4nc Jul 22, 2008

    They may not be getting educated, but at least they're in "economically" diverse schools.

  • scorekeep Jul 21, 2008

    Everything is in place for students to stay in schoolas there are numerous avenues of help. Do not blame educators.

  • colliedave Jul 21, 2008

    The district's graduation rate for 2007-08 was 78.8 percent

    This is pathetic; a "C" on the standard grading scale. The rate of AAs and Hispanics is a crime. Why aren't El Pueblo and the local chapter of the NAACP up in arms?

  • speedy Jul 21, 2008

    Anybody out there still believe this is a good school system?

  • Crystal Ball Jul 21, 2008

    Either the teachers aren't doing their job or the kids are getting dumber, one or the other.

  • howdiditgettothis Jul 21, 2008

    Maybe if the WCBOE spent more time on educating the young people of Wake Co. instead of creating more committees, etc. AND was more efficient with OUR hard earned dollars (rather than insisting throwing more money at the problem will solve it) then I would be more inclined to send my children to a public school here in Wake County.

    I simply refuse to be at the mercy of the WCBOE, and it is worth my working evenings so that my children and our family does not worry about the what's, when's, how's and why's of each academic year will bring.

    Too bad the money we pay in taxes isn't attached to the child (as is the case in Europe). Schools there are forced to "compete" with better and more diverse programs to get the students in the door.

    Wake County needs a serious over haul.