• Press Release

    Evidence shows little benefit from state dropout grants

    posted March 23, 2009
    RALEIGH — Only 14 of the 100 North Carolina schools served by state dropout prevention grant recipients saw substantial improvement in dropout and graduation rates from 2006-07 to 2007-08. Those…
  • Research Report

    Dropout Prevention Grants: Legislators need to rethink their approach to the dropout problem

    posted March 23, 2009 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Only 14 of the 100 schools that received services from dropout prevention grant recipients had substantially lower dropout rates and higher graduation rates from the 2006-07 to the 2007-08 school year. Of the five types of recipients awarded grants, grants to non-profit organizations appeared to have the most success.
  • Press Release

    N.C. schools need better career, technical education

    posted November 17, 2008
    RALEIGH — Improved Career and Technical Education programs could help lower North Carolina’s public school dropout rate while helping more students prepare for the workforce. Those are key findings in…
  • Press Release

    New state grants have little impact on dropouts

    posted September 15, 2008
    RALEIGH — More than 70 percent of the school districts that won state dropout prevention grants last year saw their graduation rates decline in 2008. A John Locke Foundation analyst…
  • Research Report

    Dropout Prevention Grants: An Update

    posted September 15, 2008 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    During the last legislative session, the North Carolina General Assembly voted to reestablish the Committee on Dropout Prevention and add $15 million to the existing $7 million for dropout prevention grants. The purpose of the dropout prevention grants is to raise the graduation rate. Among districts receiving grants last year, 27 of 38 had a declining graduation rate from the 2006-07 school year to the 2007-08 school year.
  • Press Release

    Grants unlikely to help school dropout rate

    posted February 19, 2008
    RALEIGH – A new $7 million grant program will likely have little short-term or long-term impact on North Carolina’s high school dropout rate, according to a new John Locke Foundation…
  • Research Report

    Dropout Prevention Grants: Good money for bad ideas

    posted February 19, 2008 by Dr. Terry Stoops
    Last year’s 5.24 percent dropout rate was a four-percent increase from the 2005-06 school year and was the highest rate in seven years. Only 70.3 percent of students in North Carolina graduate in five years. Over the last ten years, the North Carolina General Assembly has repeatedly tried to address the troubling dropout problem with no apparent success. The latest initiative, dropout prevention grants, will likely have little short-term or long-term effect on the dropout rate.
  • Press Release

    Raising attendance age would fail struggling students

    posted May 30, 2007
    RALEIGH – Raising the mandatory school attendance age could cost North Carolina nearly $9 million a year, with no positive impact on the state’s graduation or dropout rates. That’s the…

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