VBCPS does better than the state in on-time graduation rates and student dropout rates

October 10, 2019

For the 11th consecutive year, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) has achieved a record-high, on-time graduation (OTG) rate, now standing at 93.9 percent.

 

In addition, the division's dropout rate decreased to 3 percent, the lowest its ever been, setting a new record. The division also outperformed Virginia's statewide average rates of 91.5 percent rating for OTG and 5.6 percent for dropouts.

 

Nine of the division's 12 high schools had graduation rates above 90 percent. The remaining three high schools have graduation rates near the 90 percent mark, ranging from approximately 88.7 percent to 89.8 percent.

 

On-time graduation and dropout rates for the class of 2019 were released on October 8 by the Virginia Department of Education, which has been tracking this information since 2008.

 

The on-time graduation rate is based on the percentage of students in a graduation cohort, that earned a Board of Education-approved diploma within four years of entering high school.

 

In addition to these new overall records, a closer look at VBCPS' data reveals other gains in key areas:

 

African-American students' graduation rate increased to 92.4 percent, a 2.1 percentage-point increase from 2018 and the largest gain of any VBCPS demographic group. Additionally, the dropout rate for African-American students continued declining, from 7.0 percent in 2015 to 4.0 percent in 2019.

 

Students with disabilities, as a group, continued to steadily increase their graduation rate, which now stands at 91.7 percent.

 

Female students, as a group, continued to increase their graduation rate, from 94.6 percent in 2018 to 96.1 percent in 2019.

 

Nine of the division's 12 high schools had graduation rates above 90 percent. The remaining three high schools have graduation rates near the 90 percent mark, ranging from approximately 88.7 percent to 89.8 percent.

 

These distinctions add to the division's string of recent achievements in student performance, including all of its 82 testing sites being accredited, for a third consecutive year.

 

"These remarkable numbers are testament to the hard work of our teachers, counselors, coaches and families who are invested in educating the whole child," said division superintendent, Dr. Aaron Spence. "This VBCPS community endeavors every single day to meet the social and emotional needs of our students, while providing the best transformational learning experience in Virginia. We are committed to sending young learners across that graduation stage, prepared for whatever calls to them, be it college, the military or a career."

 

Since Spence's tenure, which began in June 2014, the division's graduation rate has increased by 5.4 percentage points, according to division records.

 

 

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