County Schools Post 91.4 Percent Graduation Rate

October 13, 2011 11:55 amBy: 

Figures released by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) show that 91.4 percent of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students from the class of 2011 graduated on time.

That’s 4.8 percentage points above the state average of and up slightly from 91.2 percent for the class of 2010.

“Fairfax County continues to be a leader in the state,” said FCPS Superintendent Jack D. Dale. “But our work is not complete until every student in the county has a Virginia high school diploma.”

Criteria 

Virginia’s on-time graduation rate is based on four years of student-level data that take into account student mobility, changes in student enrollment, and the needs of special education and limited English proficient students.

An on-time graduate for 2011 is a student who entered ninth grade for the first time during the 2007-08 school year and — in four years or less — earned one of the diplomas recognized by the Virginia Board of Education: standard diploma, advanced studies diploma, International Baccalaureate diploma, general achievement diploma, modified standard diploma, or special diploma.

Improvement

Twenty-four of the county’s 25 high schools and secondary schools posted on-time graduation rates above the state average, and 16 of those schools improved their graduation rate from the previous year.

Lee High School increased its graduation rate by 3.7 percentage points; Fairfax High School and South Lakes High School increased their graduation rates by 2.4 percentage points; The graduation rate at Robinson Secondary School rose by 2.4 percentage points, and Falls Church High School increased its on-time graduation rate by 2.0 percentage points.

Detailed graduation, completion, and dropout data for Fairfax County Public Schools can be found here.

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