January 08, 2010

DCPS Graduation Rate Continues to Climb 

More District Students are Graduating at a Faster Rate

Contact: Jennifer Calloway | 202-535-1096

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The graduation rate for District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) increased 3 percent in 2008-09 to 72 percent, announced Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Chancellor Michelle Rhee today at Cardozo Senior High School. Compared to the previous year, 123 more DCPS students completed the first critical step necessary to pursue higher education, enter the workforce, and to ultimately have more options in life for success.

“As a District, our responsibility is two-fold: first to provide our kids with the world-class education they deserve, and second to ensure they have the foundation to be competitive and to aim high,” said Mayor Fenty.

“We have an enormous amount of confidence in every single one of our students; I can’t stress enough how encouraging it is to see clear evidence that reflects their hard work and the dedication of our teachers, parents and school leaders,” said Chancellor Rhee.

More Highlights
• The graduation rate for DCPS is increasing at a faster rate compared to previous years. In 2006-07 and 2007-08 the graduation rate increased on average by less than 2 percent.

Graduation Rate Trend

More than half of DCPS high schools increased their graduation rates, with 10 out of 16 schools increasing at least 3 percent.

168 more black students graduated in 2009 than in 2008, a 3 percent increase, another important metric linked to closing the achievement gap.

Secondary Transformation
Operational upgrades during the past two years of school reform have contributed to the graduation rate increase:

• The data quality and accuracy of student transcripts has drastically improved; schools can now ensure that students have the courses they need to graduate.

• DCPS now has solid academic interventions in place for students that fall behind or need extra support. Summer school and credit recovery continue to benefit more students earlier in their high school career.

• DCPS has opened two new high schools, increasing school choice for students and parents: Phelps High School, a breakthrough vocational and college preparatory institution and the Youth Engagement Academy which matches each student with an internship in their field of interest.

On Saturday January 23, DCPS will host the first High School Fair in recent history from Noon to 4 p.m. at Luke C. More Academy, located at 1001 Monroe Street NE. Every DCPS high school will be represented, and parents and students can learn more about planning for college and enrolling in any comprehensive or application DCPS high school.

Individual graduation rates for each school are available on the Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s (OSSE) website; please visit http://osse.dc.gov for more information.

The class of 2011 will be the first students to have their graduation rate calculated using the Four Year Cohort Method, as required by the U.S. Department of Education.

Find out where some of our graduates were accepted.


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