Teen moms and DHS-involved students still lag behind
Graduation rates have improved even for some groups at high risk of dropping out: teen mothers, children in foster care or the juvenile justice system, and other DHS-involved students. Here are some key facts:
• One in five Philadelphia high school students has had some history of involvement with the Department of Human Services or the juvenile justice system. Historically, graduation rates for these groups of students have been low.
• Graduation rates for students in the foster care system and for those receiving other DHS services each increased by more than 15 points over six years.
• The graduation rate for youth with juvenile justice involvement more than doubled, rising from 16 percent (for the cohort that started 9th grade in 2002) to 36 percent for the 2008 cohort of 9th graders.
• Adolescent mothers also completed school at higher rates – the graduation rate climbed from 31 percent to 42 percent during the period studied.
• Still, these groups’ graduation rates lag well behind the citywide average – and fall below 50 percent.