Dropout Rates

  • Dropout rates show the percentages and numbers of students who drop out during a single school year. Dropout counts are unduplicated within a single school year, but a student can be counted as a dropout more than once in his/her educational career. However, students who drop out during more than one school year are counted as dropouts for each of those years. Some dropouts, though counted as dropouts during the year they leave, may return to school later and eventually graduate.

    Annual dropout reports inform education professionals about the numbers and rates of dropouts and the reasons for dropping out. Dropout counts and rates are disaggregated by local education agency, grade, gender, and ethnicity. Dropout counts and rates are often compared to measures of graduation rate, such as the cohort graduation rate.

    Data by NC Department of Public Instruction 

    Reports on dropouts by WCPSS