Though national dropout rates have generally fallen over the past twenty years, almost 1.2 million students in the United States drop out of school each year, representing nearly one-third of high school students. At about 61%, Mississippi’s high school graduation rate falls slightly below the national figure, though school districts in the Mississippi Delta fare particularly poorly. Five of the ten districts with the highest four-year dropout rates in the state are located in Delta region counties: Leflore, Tallahatchie, Sunflower, Tunica, and Panola Counties.
Fisher, Jared; Golembiewski, Kevin; Orlansky, Abram; and Willis, Jay, "Mississippi Kids Count: High School Graduation Rates" (2010). Delta Directions: Publications. 1.