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Pender County Schools’ dropout rate continues to decline

posted Feb 3, 2017, 1:32 PM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Feb 3, 2017, 1:32 PM ]
Pender County Schools’ dropout rate continues to decline

PENDER COUNTY — Pender County Schools’ dropout rate continues to decline, according to numbers recently released in the State Board of Education’s annual Consolidated Data Report.

The overall dropout rate in Pender County fell from 1.84 percent to 1.5 percent, with 43 students dropping out in 2015-16. Pender County Schools is a leader in the Southeast region. In 2015-16, Brunswick County Schools and New Hanover County Schools reported dropout rates of 3.28 and 1.65 percent, respectively.

“Pender County Schools is dedicated to ensuring our students are successful,” said Superintendent Dr. Terri Cobb. “We know that in order for them to be successful, they need to graduate with a high school diploma. I’m very proud of the efforts of our high school principals, student support coordinators, and school counselors.”

Mary Mortensen, Director of Secondary Education, said the district’s improved dropout rate is the result of several collaborative initiatives between district staff, schools, students, and families.

“We know that what we are doing around dropout rate is working, as we have seen a drop in dropouts consistently for the past several years,” Mortensen said.

Dropout prevention efforts include ongoing monitoring of students at risk of dropping out due to attendance, achievement, and conduct. Pender County Schools works with students and their families to identify alternative education options, actively conducts home visits for students with poor attendance, and practices Multi-Tiered System of Supports and Positive Behavior Intervention and Support.

“Our efforts around PBIS as well as MTSS have led to fewer short and long-term suspensions,” said Dr. Robbie Cauley, Director of Career and Technical Education and Student Support. “If we can keep students in school, where they have access to the curriculum and the teacher, we will have fewer students falling behind and deciding to drop out.”