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Wake County reports decline in dropout rate

Posted March 4, 2010

— The dropout rate in Wake County dropped 3.47 percent for the 2008-09 school year, the lowest rate since 2003, the school system reported Thursday.

The district reported 1,430 dropouts, compared with 1,689 in 2007-08.

Among racial and ethnic groups, Hispanic dropouts fell by 1.4 percentage points and blacks by 1.1 percentage points. The dropout rate among blacks is the lowest since 2003-04.

The county's dropout rate is lower than the state's 4.27 percent average and lower than most other urban school systems, including Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Forsyth, Durham and Cumberland county schools.

Durham County reported that dropout rates stayed about the same as last year. There were 44 4students who quit in 2008-09 – five less than in 2007-08.

The reports come the same day the state Department of Public Instruction announced that high school dropouts decreased overall in North Carolina public schools from 4.97 percent in 2007-08 to 4.27 percent in 2008-09.


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  • Remy Mar 5, 2010

    No matter the reason, this is positive news about the drop out rate.

  • rand321 Mar 4, 2010

    Maybe we want poor performing students to drop out to keep from having to spend extra resources on them. A valid questions giving the new school board rush to judgements and decision makeing before fulfilling their oaths of office and fidiciuary duties towards the taxpayers.

  • wwwalker Mar 4, 2010

    "in my opinion (no research here) I would think they don't drop out to go to work"

    I wonder if "they," whoever they are, have surveyed dropouts to see why they quit school. Seems to me like that would be a good place to start, if you want to solve the real problem. Unless we hear something different, this data really doesn't prove or disprove anything. There's probably a lot of factors that go into why a student drops out, not just whether or not their classmates are of a higher socioeconomic status.

  • rllukows Mar 4, 2010

    I find the timing of this release interesting. I'm thinking it took this long to massage the numbers to the superintendent's liking.

  • luvbailey Mar 4, 2010

    Can't wait for Tedesco to tell us one more time that the system is failing. As for WWWalker, nice theory, but in my opinion (no research here) I would think they don't drop out to go to work (always a few exceptions). They drop out because they lack support, they lack motivation and they see little benefit to staying in. High poverty neighborhood schools will certainly go along way to changing THOSE attitudes. (For all you neighborhood school folks, I'm being sarcastic.)

  • mattfletcher Mar 4, 2010

    Where was this news earlier in the week?

  • wwwalker Mar 4, 2010

    Well pat, that's one way to look at it, but maybe the difference is they can't find jobs as easily now as they could a couple of years ago. Students that would have dropped out to work have no other option but to stay in school.

    Just another way to look at it.

  • patpatriot Mar 4, 2010

    Another new school board argument down the tubes.