Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

South Carolina's Drop-Out Rate Stays Low

Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

South Carolina's Drop-Out Rate Stays Low

Article excerpt

South Carolina's high school dropout rate held steady at 2.7 percent during the 1998-99 school year, according to a report by the state Education Department released last month.

Statewide, 4,955 of 184,755 high school students dropped out of school in 1998-99. That compares with 4,925 a year earlier.

State Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum was scheduled to discuss the report in early October at a one-day conference in Columbia on truancy with educators, judges, law enforcement officials, lawmakers and child advocates.

Educators do not have data that links truancy and dropout rates, but they say students who fall behind because of chronic absence often give up on school.

The latest dropout report also showed the number of students who graduated from high school compared with the number who entered four years earlier was unchanged at 66.9 percent in 1998-99. It was 67.3 percent two years earlier. That does not take into account those who later get equivalency degrees or who may have left the system for other reasons after the eighth grade. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.