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Oct 23

Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate Rises to 88 Percent

 

  Eighty-eight  percent of the students who entered the ninth grade in the fall of 2008 earned  a diploma within four years and of those, more than 55 percent earned an  Advanced Studies Diploma, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) reported  today.  The statewide dropout rate fell to 6.5 percent for the class of  2012, compared with 7.2 percent for the class of 2011. During the last five  years, the statewide dropout rate has fallen by more than 25 percent.

Both Governor McDonell and Dr. Patricia Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction have made positive staements regarding the progress made by Virginia’s students and the teachers and administrators who encourage our stdents to succeed.

“The statewide improvements we celebrate  today are the result of hundreds of individual success stories involving  teachers, administrators and other educators who provided struggling and  sometimes troubled students with the instruction, support and encouragement  they needed to persevere and complete their diploma requirements,”  Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright said.

Of  the 97,023 students in the 2012 cohort, 85,359, or 88 percent, earned a Board  of Education-approved diploma.

  • 47,129  of the cohort, or 48.6 percent, earned an Advanced Studies Diploma (including  International Baccalaureate), compared with 47.3 percent of the 2011 cohort and  45.7 percent of the 2010 cohort.
  • 34,365,  or 35.4 percent, earned a Standard Diploma.
  • 1,756,  or 1.8 percent, earned a Modified Standard Diploma.
  • 2,106,  or 2.2 percent, earned a Special Diploma.

Modified  Standard Diplomas and Special Diplomas are available only to students with  disabilities.

State  and local efforts to increase graduation rates and reduce dropout rates among  minority students continued to show results:

  • The  graduation rate for black students increased 2.4 points to 82.7 percent, while  the dropout rate fell from 10.9 percent, to 9.3 percent.
  • The  graduation rate for Hispanic students increased 1.8 points to 80.9 percent,  while the dropout rate declined from 14.9 percent to 13.6 percent.
  • Since  2008, the on-time graduation for black students has risen 8.8 points and the  rate for Hispanic students has risen by 9.4 points.

“We are seeing better outcomes for more  young Virginians because schools are able to identify at-risk students earlier and  get them the help they need to succeed,” Board of Education President David M. Foster said.

Since 2011, high schools have had to  meet an annual benchmark for graduation and completion to earn full  accreditation under Virginia’s Standards of Learning accountability program.  Schools receive full credit for students who earn diplomas and partial credit  for students who remain enrolled, earn GEDs or otherwise complete high school.

On-time graduation has increased by 5.9  points, or 7.2 percent, since 2008, the first year VDOE reported graduation  rates for the state, school divisions and high schools based on student-level  data that fully account for student mobility, promotion and retention.

2012 Cohort  Report: State Summary

Subgroup
Adjusted Cohort
%
Graduated
%
GED
%
Certificate
% Still
Enrolled
%
Dropout
% Long-term
Absence
All Students 97,023 88.0% 2.8% 0.3% 2.0% 6.5% 0.5%
Female 47,030 90.6% 2.1% 0.3% 1.5% 5.1% 0.4%
Male 49,993 85.5% 3.4% 0.2% 2.5% 7.8% 0.6%
Black 24,811 82.7% 3.0% 0.5% 3.5% 9.3% 1.0%
Hispanic 9,378 80.9% 2.1% 0.4% 2.2% 13.6% 0.8%
White 53,867 90.8% 3.0% 0.1% 1.3% 4.4% 0.3%
Asian 5,284 94.8% 0.8% 0.3% 1.3% 2.8% 0.1%
American Indian 315 82.5% 6.7% 0.0% 1.9% 8.6% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian 120 90.0% 1.7% 0.8% 1.7% 5.8% 0.0%
Two or more races 3,203 92.1% 1.9% 0.1% 2.4% 3.1% 0.3%
Students with    Disabilities 11,657 84.9% 2.8% 0.4% n/a 10.9% 0.9%
Economically    Disadvantaged 30,169 81.7% 3.8% 0.5% 3.3% 9.8% 0.9%
Limited English 6,910 78.7% 1.4% 1.0% 0.9% 17.1% 0.9%
Homeless 1,116 72.1% 3.3% 0.5% 3.9% 18.1% 2.0%

Of Virginia’s 323 high schools and  schools with graduating classes, 181 achieved graduation rates higher than the  state rate of 88 percent and 142 were lower. Sixty-two school divisions had  graduation rates higher than the state’s, and 69 divisions had graduation rates  that were lower.

The dropout rates of 195 schools were  lower than the statewide rate, one school equaled the state rate, and the  dropout rates of 127 schools exceeded the state rate. Sixty-eight  school divisions had dropout rates lower than the state, one division equaled  the state rate, and 62 divisions had dropout rates that were higher than the statewide rate.

Five-Year Class  of 2011 Graduates

VDOE also released new data for the  class of 2011 showing that 1,125 students returned for a fifth year of high  school and earned diplomas. Their achievement resulted in a five-year  graduation rate for the class of 2011 of 87.9 percent compared with a four-year  rate of 86.6 percent.

High school cohort reports for schools, school  divisions and the commonwealth are available for viewing and downloading in the  Virginia School Report Card section of the VDOE website: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/statistics_reports/graduation_completion/cohort_reports/index.shtml

 

Link to Governor McDonnell’s Release