Frederick County Public Schools’ On-Time Graduation Rate at Nearly 95 Percent

Frederick County Public Schools’ On-Time Graduation Rate at Nearly 95 Percent
Posted on 09/27/2017
DecorativeFor Immediate Release
September 27, 2017
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For the seventh consecutive year, Frederick County Public Schools’ on-time graduation rate has climbed. According to the Virginia Department of Education, the on-time graduation rate for members of Frederick County Public Schools’ Class of 2017 was 94.8 percent. That compares to the on-time graduation rate of 93.5 percent reported for the school division’s Class of 2016. Virginia’s on-time graduation rate for the Class of 2017 was 91.1 percent.

Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “Helping students reach their full potential and earn a high school diploma has always been a point of focus for Frederick County Public Schools. Since Virginia began reporting the on-time graduation rate seven years ago, the percentage of Frederick County Public Schools’ students who have graduated within four years of entering the ninth grade for the first time has steadily increased. Our success in helping students graduate on-time is a direct result of the dedication of our teachers, counselors, administrators and student support services staff who work together with students and their families to help address individual student needs and overcome the obstacles that sometimes make it challenging for students to graduate within four years of entering the ninth grade.”

The 2017 on-time graduation rate for James Wood High School was 96.5 percent (compared to 93 percent in 2016). The rate for Millbrook High School was 95.1 percent (compared to 93.6 percent in 2016). Sherando High School’s rate was 93.1 percent (compared to 93.7 percent in 2016).

Virginia started reporting on-time graduation rates seven years ago. Since that time, Frederick County’s on-time graduation rate has climbed steadily. The on-time graduation rate for the Class of 2011 was 84.8 percent. The rate for the Class of 2012 was 87.1 percent. The Class of 2013’s on-time graduate rate was 90.1 percent. The rate for the Class of 2014 was 90.3 percent. The on-time graduation rate for the Class of 2015 was 93.3 percent and the Class of 2016’s rate was 93.5 percent.

The Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate is calculated by dividing the number of students in the cohort earning a Virginia Board of Education-approved diploma in 2017 (or earlier) by the number of students who entered the ninth grade for the first time in 2013-14 (plus transfers in minus transfers out). Unlike estimated graduation rates, the Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate takes into consideration student mobility, changes in enrollment, and promotion and retention policies and decisions. The Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate also provides flexibility for students with disabilities and limited-English proficient students who are reported as on-time graduates regardless of when they earn a diploma. For example, a student with disabilities who entered the ninth grade for the first time in 2011-12 and graduated in June 2017 would be assigned to the 2013-14 ninth grade cohort and counted as an on-time graduate.

In addition to experiencing another increase in the on-time graduation rate this year, the dropout rate for the Frederick County Public Schools’ Class of 2017 declined to 2.3 percent compared to the 2.6 percent dropout rate reported for the 2016 cohort. The dropout rate represents all students in a particular cohort who have not graduated, completed a credential or have discontinued school. The state’s dropout rate for the 2017 cohort is 5.8 percent.