by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released the final average daily membership (ADM) counts for the 2020-21 school year.
Last year, the final ADM for districts was 1,344,758 students. The final ADM for the 2019-20 school year was 1,409,179 students.
The district market share dropped from 79.2% in 2019-20 to 76.6% in 2020-21.