Release Date: 6/6/2013
Contact: Contact: Charles Herndon, 410-887-6111

Education Week ranks BCPS graduation rate 2nd highest in nation among large school systems

TOWSON, MD. – Baltimore County Public Schools has attained the second-highest graduation rate among the nation’s 50 largest school districts, according to a report released today by Education Week.

The BCPS graduation rate was 84 percent for the Class of 2010, according to the Diplomas Count 2013 report titled “Second Chances: Turning Dropouts Into Graduates." Previous reports ranked the school system in fourth place nationally, based on graduation rates of 77.8 percent in 2011 and 81.2 percent in 2012.

“A lot of hard work in our schools and classrooms has gone into making sure our students graduate on time and are well prepared for their post-secondary educational or work careers," said Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance. “This graduation rate is an achievement we can be proud of, but it’s not one we can settle for. With the resources we already have in place – dropout prevention efforts at every high school, our credit recovery initiative and our e-learning program, among others – we anticipate our graduation rate will continue to increase. As our Blueprint 2.0 plan comes online this summer, we can and will do better."

The 2010 BCPS graduation rate equals the graduation rate for Montgomery County Public Schools and is surpassed only by the 85 percent graduation rate in another Washington, D.C., suburban school district -- Fairfax County, Va.

But the BCPS rate exceeds that of Maryland (78.6 percent; up from 77.9 percent in 2009) and is significantly higher than the rate for the nation (74.7 percent, up from 73.4 percent in 2009). The BCPS rate also mirrors a positive trend in graduation rates among three-quarters of the nation’s large districts, where Education Week said rates were higher than expected considering the districts’ size, poverty levels and other characteristics.

Since 2006 when Education Week first published its annual Diplomas Count report, BCPS has consistently ranked near the top among the nation’s 50 largest school systems having the highest overall graduation rate. The report is based on the U.S. Department of Education’s Common Core of Data and uses the Cumulative Promotion Index (CPI) method of determining graduation rates.

The Diplomas Count 2013 report may be found at http://www.edweek.org/ew/toc/2013/06/06/index.html?intc=EW-DC13-LNAV and the list of graduation rates for the nation’s 50 largest districts may be found at http://www.edweek.org/media/dc-large-school-exceeds-expectations-p14-c1.pdf.

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