DeKalb and Gwinnett Counties Are Among Nation’s Teen Pregnancy “Dropout Factories”
DeKalb and Gwinnett counties are among 25 school districts that account for 16 percent of all teen births in the United States, according to a new report released this afternoon by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. The same 25 school districts also accounted for 20 percent of all high school dropouts in the U.S. and are home to many of the “nation’s lowest performing high schools,” often referred to as “dropout factories,” where only 60 percent or fewer students graduate on time. According to the report, the DeKalb County School District graduation rate is 49.6 percent with a projected amount of graduates of 5,550, and a total number of teen births of 1,112. Similarly, the Gwinnett County School District is reported as having a 60.9 percent graduation rate with 5,366 projected number of graduates and 1,011 teen births.
Only 40 percent of teen mothers finish high school, and less than two percent of teen moms (those who have babies before 18 years old) finish college by age 30. The number of “dropout factories” totaled 1,550 in 2010 with DeKalb and Gwinnett Counties among them. There are 14,000 school districts in the United States; 25 “persistently low achieving” school districts accounted for one in five of the nation’s dropouts.