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OSSE Releases District High School Graduation Rates

11/9/2012, 3:18 p.m.

Results Show Significant Gains among Low-Income and Special-Needs Students

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The District's high school graduation rates for the Class of 2012 showed an increase in comparison to the 2010-2011 school year, according to recently-released results from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Results, which represent both District and public charter schools, are calculated using U.S. Department of Education criteria and are statewide.

"I am pleased to publicize our steady advancement in D.C. public high school graduation rates," District Mayor Vincent C. Gray said. "Ensuring a high-quality public education for all of our students has been one of my administration's top priorities, and these graduation rates show real progress."

In accordance with government-mandated calculations by the Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR), 61 percent of D.C. students graduated from high school with a regular diploma within a four-year period in 2011-2012, compared to 59 percent during the 2010-2011 academic year. The 2010-2011 academic year was the first time the District used the ACGR computation. Overall, 21 out of 44 D.C. schools had rates above the state average, with 10 schools graduating over 80 percent of their 2011-2012 cohort class.

Additionally, graduation rates for economically disadvantaged District high school students improved 13 percent in 2011-2012. Specialized education graduation rates from the District's Class of 2012 also grew 9 percent, with both subgroups measured under the ACGR criteria.

"This year's graduation results are indicative of our continued efforts to reach disadvantaged students throughout the District of Columbia, regardless of income or disability," said State Superintendent of Education Hosanna Mahaley Jones, noting that District high school seniors reached five-year highs in 2012 ACT composite scores and participation and improved in ACT college-readiness benchmarks in English, reading, math and science over 2011. "While we certainly have a steep road ahead, our investments in public education are moving in the right direction."

A complete description of the U.S. Department of Education Adjusted Cohort Rate calculation method, OSSE's Overall Graduation Rate Chart and an illustration of OSSE's Adjusted Cohort Graduation calculation are available for download online at www.osse.dc.gov.