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ERIC Number: ED440982
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Pages: 52
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Dropout Report, 1998-1999.
Howard, Daniel L.
In the Wake County, North Carolina, Public School System, there was a duplicated total of 1,230 students who dropped out of school. Of these, 4 were in grades K-6, and the rest were in grades 7-12. These students were first-time dropouts or had dropped out in previous years (duplicated dropouts). There had been a steady decline in the dropout rate in Wake County schools from 1993-1994 to 1997-1998, but the percentage of dropouts increased between 1997-1998 and 1998-1999. This corresponds to a statewide increase in the dropout rate, something that may be due in part to a new assessment approach that reports students who transfer to community colleges to receive the General Educational Development (GED) certificate as dropouts. For grades 9 through 12, the Wake County dropout rate is 4.7%, representing 1,205 students. The largest percentage of dropouts in the school district has come from the ninth grade every year. The 463 ninth-grade dropouts in 1998-1999 constituted 5.6% of the school district's ninth-grade population. Seventy-one percent of the ninth-grade dropouts were over-age, and attendance problems continued to be the major reason why students dropped out. Three attachments contain summaries for individual high schools and a discussion of data collection and reporting procedures. (Contains 10 figures, and 3 tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wake County Public School System, Raleigh, NC. Dept. of Evaluation and Research.