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General Findings


  1. High schools in North Carolina reported a dropout rate of 4.97%, a decrease from the 5.24% rate reported from the previous year. 


  1. Grades 9-12 reported 22,434 dropouts in 2007-2008. Each grade 9-12 reported a decrease from 2006-07. There are decreases in 57% (66 of 115) of the Local Education Agencies (LEAs), accounting for a reduction in 1,898 dropouts.


  1. Dropout Rates:
    • LEAs reporting the lowest dropout rates are Chapel Hill-Carrboro, Dare, Newton Conover City, Elkin City, Mt. Airy City, Hertford, Yadkin, Guilford, Union, and Iredell-Statesville.

(dropout rates from 1.53 to 3.53)

    • LEAs reporting the highest dropout rates are Hickory City, Jackson, Swain, Madison, Mitchell, Yancey, Roanoke Rapids City, Kannapolis City, Granville, and Edgecombe.

(dropout rates from 6.83 to 8.65)

    • The largest 3-year decreases in grades 9-12 dropout rates are located in *Hertford, *Dare, Jones, *Graham and *Burke. 

*dropout rate below the state average

    • LEAs with the largest 3-year rate increases were *Hyde, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, *Washington, Thomasville City, and *Moore. 

*dropout rate below the state average


  1. Dropout Count:
    • The 22,434 dropouts recorded in grades 9-12 represented a 4.7% decrease from the 23,550 reported in 2006-2007. 
    • The largest 3-year decreases in dropout count for grades 9-12 are found in *Burke, *Durham, Robeson, Lee, and Vance.

*dropout rate below the state average

    • LEAs with the largest 3-year dropout increases are Charlotte-Mecklenburg, *Wake, Forsyth, *Guilford, and *Johnston.

*dropout rate below the state average


  1. Gender,  Race, and Age: 

All ethnic groups, except Multiracial, contributed to the decrease in the number of reported dropouts.  The dropout rate for American Indian students declined for the fourth consecutive year.  Males accounted for 59.7% of the reported dropouts.  The number of students dropping out of school at ages 15, 16, and 17 decreased, while the number dropping out at ages 18, 19, and 20 increased.


  1. Reason Codes: 

For the fourth consecutive year, there is an increase in the “Enrollment in a Community College” dropout reason code. Attendance issues are again the reason most often noted for a reported dropout, accounting for almost half of all dropouts.





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