Virginia On-Time Graduation Rises to 91.6 Percent (Virginia Department of Education News)

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Virginia’s on-time graduation rate improved by a half point as more than nine out of ten students who entered the ninth grade in 2014 earned a diploma within four years, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) reported today. Fifty-two percent of the students in the class or 2018 graduated with advanced diplomas.

Of the 97,961 students in the class of 2018, 91.6 percent earned a Board of Education-approved diploma, compared with 91.1 percent of the 2017 cohort. The increase equates to an additional 487 students graduating.

The dropout rate for the class of 2018 was 5.5 percent, compared with 5.8 percent for the previous graduating class. The decrease equates to 187 fewer students dropping out.

“This improvement in graduation is the result of the hard work and dedication of teachers, principals, support staff and other educators who refused to give up on students who might otherwise have dropped out,” Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane. “It also reflects the responsiveness of school divisions to the state Board of Education’s focus on reducing absenteeism and dropout rates.”

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