MPS’ 5- and 6-year graduation rates continue to grow, but more growth still needed
District efforts have yielded growth among students who may have otherwise dropped out; 4-year rate has held steady
The growth shows that MPS’ efforts to target students who may have otherwise dropped out – such as Project Direct Graduation and the district’s GED programs – are yielding results.
The district’s five-year graduation rate grew to 71 percent for 2012-13, up from 70.8 percent in 2011-12 and up from 70.4 percent in 2010-11, the first year the rate was available.
MPS’ six-year rate grew to 73.6 percent for 2012- 13, up from 72.8 percent in 2011-12, the first year the rate was available.
The four-year graduation rate for 2012-13 stands at 60.6 percent, which is roughly in line with the four year rate from 2009-10, the first year of the new four year rate calculation.
MPS is engaged in several efforts to increase the four-year and the overall graduation rate, including:
- Implementing comprehensive plans in literacy, mathematics and science, to help ensure students have consistent curriculum in these core areas – even if they move from school to school – allowing students stay on track academically
- Revising school counseling services to offer support for students in grades 3 -12; kindergarten – 2nd grade career awareness programming; and academic and career plans to help all students grades 6-12 develop a plan for success
- Developing transition programs from 8th to 9th grade, a critical time when some students who fall behind may have difficulty catching up
- Providing a growing number of school options to increase graduation success including school based recovery programs to help students earn credits needed to graduate
- Creating TEAM UP College Access Centers to demystify college preparation for students from elementary to high school.
The centers marked 10,000 visits just last week