May 21st, 2009

The Dropout Count in North Carolina

A high school diploma is a mark of graduating high school, right?  Not necessarily.  About 30 percent of North Carolina’s high school students drop out of their local high schools and finish required coursework–and graduate–later at community colleges.  Technically they’re high school graduates, but the state records them as dropouts.

Graduation?But a growing number of state legislators and education leaders want students who seek high school credentials from community colleges to be counted as if they had finished at local high schools. State legislators sponsored a bi-partisan bill that eventually stalled and died because of questions about how to keep track of students once they leave high school.”

The bill, however, re-ignited the question of national standards.

Lyndsay Pinkus, the director of strategic initiatives for the Alliance for Excellent Education said, Graduation in four years is a clean and simple measure, Pinkus said. Even if students go on to get alternative diplomas that doesn’t change the fact that the school didn’t reach a specific goal.”

State considers changing status of dropouts [North Carolina News & Observer, May 20, 2009]

Related Program: Discounted Dreams [Video]

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