by Dr. Terry Stoops
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.