Calvert County Tops High School Graduation Goal Again

graduateThe Maryland State Department of Education recently released high school graduation rates for 2013.  The report showed improvements in several areas, as described by MSDE,

This year’s data shows across-the-board improvement for the class of 2013.  For example, the graduation rate for Hispanic students jumped more than 2.5 percentage points between 2012 and 2013, from 72.51 percent to 75.08 percent.  In addition:

  • African American student graduation jumped from 76.50 percent in 2012 to 78.26 percent.
  • Asian student graduation increased from 93.44 percent to 95 percent.
  • White student graduation improved from 90.49 percent to 91.11 percent.
  • Special education student graduation jumped by more than 2.5 percentage points – from 57.41 percent to 60.03 percent.
  • The rate for students receiving free or reduced-price meals increased by nearly a percentage point, from 74.87 percent to 75.81 percent.

According to Southern Maryland Newspapers, Calvert County Public Schools continues to graduate students above the annual measurable objective required by the State, after the Maryland State Department of Education released 2013 graduation rates.

The scores follow the county’s long reputation of having high-scoring students and graduation rates above 90 percent. Concerns have been mounting recently among educators and parents with the implementation of Common Core State Standards and new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, with worries that the changes will alter the county’s traditional high scores. . . [This year] The county’s four public high schools last year averaged a 91.78 percent graduation rate, barely surpassing the 91.22 rate from 2012.

For more information, see the full story from the Southern Maryland NewspapersSecretary Lowery’s Press Release, and the Maryland Report Card, which includes county-by-county graduation data.

The U.S. Department of Education has also released four-year high school graduation rates for the 2010-2011 school year. For state-by-state graduation rates, for all students, children with disabilities, limited English proficiency, and from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, see this data from Governing magazine.