The FeedEditionsJobsDonateJune Event
Philly Education News + Views Independent. Reader-Supported.
Menu
Menu
Philly Education News + Views
Independent. Reader-Supported

On-time graduation rate has climbed 20 points in a decade

a

a

a

  • sdp grad rates


(Click for larger image)

 

The forthcoming print edition, where this article will appear, comes out next week.


The School District’s on-time graduation rate has continued its upward trend. For a second year in a row, it climbed three percentage points last year – to 64 percent. That figure represents the percentage of students entering 9th grade in fall 2008 who finished high school by 2012.

From a dismal 44 percent on-time graduation rate in 2002, the percentage of District students graduating in four years has now grown by 20 percentage points in a decade.

District Assistant Superintendent Donna Runner attributed the gains to improved, standards-based instruction and better use of student data. Improvement has come “as teachers got better at utilizing instructional strategies to achieve the standards,” she said. And student-level data helped schools and teachers understand better “what barriers do individual students have to learning.”

The District monitors both four-year and six-year graduation rates. Many students do not complete high school on time but persist and graduate within a year or two of their peers. Gains in six-year graduation rates have been less dramatic. The most current available six-year rate – for first-time high school freshman from 2006 – is 64 percent.

Mayor Michael Nutter has prioritized the dropout issue since taking office; he set a target for a six-year graduation rate of 80 percent by 2014.

All these rates are called cohort graduation rates. Based on tracking individual students over time, they show the percentage of students who started 9th grade together and graduated four and six years later. The rates are adjusted for students who transferred out of the District.

 

Graphic by Joseph Kemp

Get the Notebook in your inbox

Notes from the news
Weekly newsletter
Promotions

Recent Articles

Journalist reports rough, arbitrary detention during DNC At Center City DNC watch party, women savor a landmark moment The angry ones Notes from the news - July 29 Teachers' unions sense momentum at DNC

Paul Socolar

@PaulSocolar
Paul is the Notebook's former editor and publisher and also one of its founders in 1994.

An informed citizenry is the foundation of democracy

Give today to help us add a reporter to our staff to bring you the education news you need

Donate