High School Dropout Rate Increases In 2006-07

The number of North Carolina high school students who dropped out during the 2006-2007 school year was the highest in seven years.

A report given to the State Board of Education on Thursday said 23,550 students dropped out of North Carolina public schools during the last academic year, slightly less than the 23,597 students who dropped out in 1999-2000.

The dropout rate in 2006-2007 was 5.24 percent -- the highest in five years.

The report said 43 percent of the state's 115 school districts reported a decrease in their dropout rate. Washington, Clay and Camden each reported about a 50 percent decrease.

State Board of Education Chairman Howard Lee said the report was troubling. He said the state needs to make sure high school students understand that a high school diploma is the minimum for economic survival.

Here are how schools in Eastern Carolina fared in the report:

School System / % Of Change of Previous Year

Beaufort Co.


Bertie County


Camden County


Carteret County


Edenton/Chowan County


Craven County


Currituck County


Dare County


Duplin County


Edgecombe County


Greene County


Halifax County


Roanoke Rapids




Hertford County


Hyde County


Jones County


Lenoir County


Martin County


Nash-Rocky Mount


Onslow County


Pamlico County


Elizabeth City/Pasquotank County


Pitt County


Tyrrell County


Washington County


Wayne County


Wilson County


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