Wicomico County Seeks 90 Percent Graduation Rate by 2020

Wicomico County’s Class of 2020 promised to be at their high school graduation, to fulfill an initiative to reduce the dropout rate by the Grad Nation campaign.  A 90 percent graduation rate would end what officials call a “dropout crisis”.

From the delmarvanow.com article,

The campaign is a project of America’s Promise Alliance and its Salisbury’s Promise Alliance partnership to regain the nation’s standing as first in the world in college completion.

“Together, leaders in education, business, politics and the community are committed to improving the graduation rate,” said Margo Handy, assistant superintendent for instruction and student services in Wicomico County public schools. “Education is the key to success in any community.”

…Wicomico High School, in 2012 had the lowest graduation rate — below 80 percent — among the county’s four high schools. Rates at the other high schools that year exceeded 80 percent.

Schools Superintendent John Fredericksen said sixth-grade students in attendance represent the high school senior class by which the initiative would be measured.

Initiatives in place to help motivate students include an online college center that helps with decisions regarding higher education; an increase in the number of mentors; transition programs from middle to high school; and exposure to opportunities from advanced placement classes to technology education to Junior ROTC.

“We will be developing comprehensive and personalized student supports to ensure all young people receive the right array of services to help them succeed,” Fredericksen said.

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