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student drop out rates
in Wake County
William Peace University, Raleigh, N.C.
Anthony McCue, Max Williams, Alex Jarrell
Students who do not receive their diploma have a less
likely chance at obtaining a job post-primary education
There are various reasons for students not receiving their
primary education degree.
What are these reasons for dropping out?
Causes for dropping out
• Self-Made Money
• Mental Issues
• Social Life
We gave Wake County jail prisoners a survey to those who
dropped out of high school
We gave the same questionnaire to high school dropouts
in the Wake County jail, allowing them to write anything
that they want as the answers to them
Questionnaire: 17 Questions
8 Open ended questions
5 Multiple Choice questions
Drop Out Reasoning by
Family Issues School Difficulty Pregnancy Expelled Job Offer(s) Self-Made Money Mental Issues Social Life Boredom
Frequency X X X
2 X X X
3 X X
Family Issues: 25%
School Difficulty: 10%
Job Offer(s): 15%
Self-Made Money: 10%
Mental Issue: 5%
Social Life: 5%
Drop Out Reasoning by Race
Family Issues School
Pregnancy Expelled Job Offer(s) Self-Made
Mental Issues Social Life Boredom
High School Dropouts' Justifications by Race
Low number of surveyors who completed the survey
Indirectly applied the questionnaire
Ideas for Future Research
Does the reasoning for dropping out change over time?
What can be done to lower the high school dropout rate?
Wake County can apply a mandatory family-teacher
Create a required education course on the possibilities
after obtaining a primary education degree
Also encourage collegiate opportunities
The course can focus on issues such as long term financial
stability to contrast a quick salary that can be obtained by
Wake County Jail
Open ended surveys were provided to inmates and all of
our data was collected from such surveys