Four-Year Graduation Rate Declines

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 15, 2011

By Beth Cassidy
Enterprise Record

Davie’s four-year graduation rate is lower than the previous year’s rate, and the lowest of surrounding counties.
The four-year graduation cohort rate measures the percentage of students who entered high school as ninth graders and graduated four years later. Erin Foil, director of accountability and student information, presented the results to the school board last week.
The rate of 76.6 was down from 77.5 for the previous year and is less than the statewide rate of 77.7 percent, which is the highest four-year rate ever reported in the state. Rates were first measured in NC in 2005-06.
Four-year rates for surrounding counties were, Winston-Salem/Forsyth, 78.8; Davidson, 80.6; Iredell-Statesville, 85.1; and Yadkin, 82.6. The national rate is about 72 percent.
While the four year rate decreased, the five year rate for Davie was the second highest ever, at 80.2 percent, proof, Foil said, that “we don’t stop just because they [students] don’t graduate in …