North Carolina General Statute 115C-12(27) requires an annual report of students dropping out of schools in the state. An "event dropout rate" is reported for each LEA and charter school in the state. This is the number of students in a particular grade range dropping out in one year divided by a measure of the total students in that particular grade range.

Dropout Data Collection Process
The annual state collection of dropout data involves a number of steps at the Local Education Agency (LEA) or charter school and at DPI.

Annual Dropout Reports
The Research and Evaluation Section coordinates this data collection and produces the annual report.