Drop-out rate down by nearly 25% in New Hanover County

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The drop-out rate in New Hanover County Schools went down by nearly 25 percent in 2010-11, meaning that 90 fewer students decided to leave school early than in 2009-10.

The data came from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction's annual report, which was released Thursday at the State Board of Education meeting in Raleigh.

The county's drop-out rate was 3.83 in the 2010-11 academic year, down from 4.91 a year before, which is below the state average of 4.0.

Dr. Tim Markley, NHCS superintendent, stated in a news release, "We still have more work to do in the area of drop-out prevention; however, I am encouraged that we are moving in the right direction. Our plan is to continue with the successful initiatives we have underway to drive the drop-out numbers down even lower. One student dropping out is still one too many."

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