Friday, May 31, 2013
ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) -- State education officials say more girls than boys are graduating from high schools in South Carolina.
The Anderson Independent-Mail reported that the graduation rate for girls was nearly 80 percent last year. That compares with a 70 percent rate for boys.
South Carolina's overall graduation rate last year was nearly 75 percent.
Researchers at the National Dropout Prevention Center at Clemson University cite excess absences, learning disabilities and family involvement for the imbalance.
Assistant Director Cairen Withington says research indicates more boys than girls are diagnosed with learning disabilities. She says girls also tend to make better grades.
She also points out in many cases, students' parents don't have a diploma, leading young people to think they are not needed to make a living.
(Copyright 2013, The Associated Press)