School Dropout Rates Decline

Education officials say a decline in North Carolina's dropout rate comes from high school reform initiatives and local intervention efforts.

The State Board of Education said Thursday the dropout rate fell during the 2007-08 school year to just under 5 percent, compared to 5.2 percent the previous year. It was the first decline in three years.

The board says the decline means about 1,100 fewer high school students decided to drop out during the last school year.

The board says local superintendents credit former Gov. Mike Easley's Learn and Earn and early college programs with helping keep students in school. There's also a law that revokes a driver's license of a student who leaves school before age 18.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


How are counties in Eastern Carolina doing with their dropout rates? Here are the results, compared to the previous year:

County
2008
2007
Beaufort
4.11
4.36
Bertie
3.11
1.06
Camden
2.90
1.72
Carteret
2.65
3.37
Edenton/Chowan
2.73
3.07
Craven
3.09
3.44
Currituck
3.29
2.70
Dare
1.17
1.41
Duplin
3.91
4.07
Edgecombe
4.92
4.42
Gates
4.13
4.55
Greene
4.22
3.53
Halifax
4.37
4.62
Roanoke Rapids
5.22
5.14
Weldon
3.51
3.80
Hertford
2.02
2.12
Hyde
2.59
3.99
Jones
3.92
4.10
Lenoir
3.08
3.97
Martin
4.44
4.33
Nash-Rocky Mount
4.76
4.63
Onslow
2.98
3.05
Pamlico
3.64
3.04
Pasquotank
2.88
3.57
Perquimans
3.87
3.58
Pitt
4.49
4.76
Tyrrell
3.44
3.78
Washington
3.15
1.52
Wayne
3.63
2.83
Wilson
4.05
5.54
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