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ERIC Number: ED564364
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
A Brief Look at: 2008-09 WCPSS Dropout Rate. E&R Report No. 10.03
Wake County Public School System
On March 4th, 2010, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released its annual statewide Dropout Report covering the 2008-09 school year. The charts in this report show the dropout rate for Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) compared to the state as a whole, to other large school districts in North Carolina, and by federal No Child Left Behind subgroups. Note that rates are rounded to one decimal place in the charts with normal rounding rules applied, but in the text, two decimal places are used. These analyses reveal the following: (1) Posting the lowest dropout rate since 2003-04, the WCPSS dropout rate in 2008-09 for grades 9-12 was 3.47%; (2) Other large school districts in North Carolina, including Durham (4.26), Forsyth (4.76), and Mecklenburg (4.99), had higher dropout rates in 2008-09 than did WCPSS, while Guilford (3.13) remained lower. Of those districts, only WCPSS and Guilford have had a rate below the state average in each of the past eleven years; (3) For the first time since 2000-01, the dropout rates for each race/ethnic group declined as compared to the previous year. The largest percentage point declines were for Hispanic/Latino students (1.4 points), Black students (1.1), and Multi-racial students (1.0). No data are reported for Native American students due to very low numbers in that group; and (4) WCPSS dropout rates also declined in 2008-09 among limited English proficient students (0.8 percentage points), students with disabilities (1.2), and students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch (1.4). This represented the second consecutive year of declining rates for limited English proficient students and students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), Evaluation and Research Department
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001