Graduation rate sets a record
Posted on 10/30/2017
Graphic with a graduation cap that says Roanoke's on-time graduation rate is 90%Roanoke's on-time graduation rate saw a significant increase.  Last year, it was 87%.  This year, it is now 90%.  This is pretty significant when you consider back in 2008, Roanoke's graduation rate was 59%.

Virginia's on-time graduation rate is 91%.  Roanoke's graduation rate is one of the highest of any urban school system in Virginia and the country.  Nationwide, the average for an urban school system is 85%.

Congratulations to the staff, students, and parents for this signficiant accomplishment.  To see the state report, click here

Here is the press release issued by Virginia's Department of Education:

Virginia On-Time Graduation Steady at 91 Percent


More than nine out of ten students who entered the ninth grade in 2013 earned a diploma within four years and more than half graduated from high school with the commonwealth’s most rigorous diploma the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) reported today.

Of the 95,348 students in the class of 2017, 91.1 percent earned a Board of Education-approved diploma, compared with 91.3 percent of the 2016 cohort. The dropout rate for the class of 2017 was 5.8 percent, compared with 5.3 percent for the previous graduating class.

“The long-term trend is far more important than a temporary plateau or a year-to-year fluctuation,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said. “And when you look at the long-term trend for Virginia, you see a ten-point improvement in the graduation rate since 2008 as a result of a system-wide focus on keeping students in school and improving outcomes.”

Of the students who entered high school as first-time ninth graders in 2013:

  • 49,771 (52.2 percent) earned an Advanced Studies Diploma (including International Baccalaureate).
  • 34,413 (36.1 percent) earned a Standard Diploma.
  • 2,704 (2.8 percent) earned a Special Diploma or Modified Standard Diploma.
  • 943 (1 percent) earned a GED.
  • 5,529 (5.8 percent) dropped out.

Special Diplomas and Modified Standard Diplomas are available only to students with disabilities. Students who earn GED certificates or complete high school without earning a diploma are not included as graduates in calculating graduation rates.

The graduation rates and dropout rates for major student racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups are as follows:

  • 96.9 percent of Asian students graduated and 1.9 percent dropped out.
  • 88.4 percent of black students graduated and 6.8 percent dropped out.
  • 86.5 percent of economically disadvantaged students graduated and 8.5 percent dropped out.
  • 73.8 percent of English learners graduated and 23.6 percent dropped out.
  • 81.1 percent of Hispanic students graduated and 16 percent dropped out.
  • 87.1 percent of students with disabilities graduated and 10.5 percent dropped out.
  • 94 percent of white students graduated and 3.4 percent dropped out.

Of Virginia’s 330 high schools with reportable graduation rates, 193 achieved graduation rates equal to or higher than the state rate of 91.1 percent. The dropout rates of 214 high schools were equal to or lower than the statewide rate of 5.8 percent.

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.

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