One county school system in the East is boasting of one of the biggest decreases in dropout rates in the state. Hertford County's dropout rate is down to 2.95% after being up at 4.38% in 2004.
Officials also say Hertford County's high school students boosted their end of grade test scores by more than ten points in the past year. So what's the secret?
"Young people need to believe that we believe in them if they are going to succeed," said Hertford County Schools' Superintendent Dr. Michael Basham. "So we are working hard to give them new opportunities and more time to learn. We keep up with students who miss class. Our kids gain hope because they know we are invested in their future and committed to doing everything possible to help them graduate from high school and achieve their goals."