Recent Trends of Selected Statistics, 1996.Report as inadecuate

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Tables in this publication provide statistical information about North Carolina's public schools from 1986-87 through 1995-96, although not all data are provided for the earlier years. Trend data are presented in graph form and summarized in table form in most instances. In 1986-87, the state had 1,963 public schools to serve its school age population (1987) of 1,564,747. In the 1995-96 school year, the state's 1,984 public schools served a school-age population of 1,668,278. In keeping with the increase in the total number of students, the state has experienced an increase in the number of students who receive services for exceptional children, whether gifted or disabled. Over the period from 1989-90 to 1994-95, the state's dropout rate has declined from 6.36% to 4.79%. The total number of high school graduates annually has declined reflecting the higher enrollment at the lower grades in recent years. Average Scholastic Assessment Test scores in North Carolina have increased slightly, but the state's average score remains below the national average. Information about educational trends in North Carolina is presented in the following categories: (1) general statistics; (2) students; (3) personnel; (4) financial; and (5) individual program data. (Contains 18 figures and 17 tables.) (SLD)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Entrance Examinations, Dropouts, Educational Finance, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Gifted, Public Schools, School Districts, School Statistics, Special Education, State Programs, Tables (Data), Test Results, Testing Programs, Trend Analysis

Author: North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Financial and Personnel Services.


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