Wake County school administrators are touting a reduction in the district's high school dropout rate
In a press release today, school officials say that high schools reported a dropout rate of 3.47 percent for the 2008-09 academic year, the lowest rate since 2003-04. Figures show that 1,430 students dropped out last school year, compared to 1,689 the previous year.
The press release also says that the for the first time since 2000-01, dropout rates for each racial//ethnic group declined as compared to the previous year.
The dropout rate for black students is the lowest since 2003-04. For white students and for multi-racial students, it's the lowest since before 1999-00.
Wake is also touting that the district's dropout rate is lower than the state's and for most urban North Carolina districts. For instance, the dropout rate is 4.99 in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and 4.27 statewide.
Of the urban districts, only Guilford County was lower than Wake at 3.13.
The dropout rate figures come as the new school board majority and their supporters complain about the declining graduation rate.
The graduation rate and dropout rate are two different measures that can sometimes be contradictory. The dropout rate is a state measure while the gradation rate is a federally mandated measure as part of No Chid Left Behind.
Click here for a school district report on the 2008-09 dropout figures.