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New Hanover County Schools lower dropout rate to less than 3%

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- New Hanover County Schools announced today the latest dropout rate is 2.26%, the lowest it's been since the 2001-2002 academic year and lower than last year's 3.83%.

This information is based on data from the "Annual Report on Dropout Events and Rate" from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).

New Hanover County Schools have an 80.4% graduation rate, the highest rate since four-year cohort graduation rates were measured initially in the 2005-2006 academic year. The district continues on an upward trend with the graduation rate,
improving from last year's 73.9%.

Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley said, "The improvement in the district's dropout rate is a direct result of the hard work and unified focus of all of our staffs to help students achieve success. All of our subgroups have demonstrated improvement and NHCS continues to trend upward in these critical areas. We will continue the positive momentum. In addition, the district will continue to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the support systems designed to prevent
students from dropping out."

Under the leadership of the New Hanover County Board of Education, Markley has made improving the graduation rate one of the district's top priorities across all grade levels from pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

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