Despite the statewide decline, District 51’s graduation rate continues to increase

FUNCTION GRAND, Colo. (KREX) – Status of Colorado sees a drop in high school graduation rate last year, for the first time in more than a decade. While state data shows a 0.2 percentage point drop in graduation rate in 2021, District 51’s graduation rate continued to increase for the second year in a row.

The four-year graduation rate measures how many students who started 9th grade in the 2017-18 school year received a high school diploma in 2020-21. District 51’s class of 2021 graduation rate is 81%, up from 80.2% for Class of 2020 and 79.6% for Class of 2019. The upward trend in graduation rates over the past two years is due in no small part to D51 . there is minimal disruption to face-to-face learning, according to Assistant Superintendent D51 Brian Hill, Ed.D.

“While our goal is that all D51 students graduate ready for college, career, and life, we are encouraged to see an upward trend in the district’s graduation rate, and we will continue to work to see this trend continue for many years to come,” said Dr. Hill. “Our students, teachers, and staff have worked hard over the last year to return to face-to-face learning – the largest school district in the state to do so – and face-to-face learning has paid off.”

The state also released data on dropout rates today. While the district’s dropout rate increased slightly from 1.7% in 2019-20 to 1.9% in 2020-21, D51’s dropout statistics remained on par with the average. state average, was 1.8% both this year and last year. The district-to-district dropout rate gap has narrowed greatly since 2018-19, when the state dropout rate was 2% and the district dropout rate was 2 percent. 2.7%.

Graduation and dropout rates combined are not 100%. That’s because the graduation rate is for just one grade of a student, while the dropout rate is the average for all grades 7-12 combined. Students who don’t graduate in the same class don’t always drop out – some will receive a GED or earn a degree later (students can attend high school until age 21). In addition to 4-year graduation rates, the state tracks 5-year, 6-year, and 7-year graduation rates, as well as completion rates that include GED earners.

https://www.westernslopenow.com/news/local-news/despite-decrease-statewide-district-51s-graduation-rate-continues-to-climb/ Despite the statewide decline, District 51’s graduation rate continues to increase

Emma Bowman

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