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Release Date: 2/12/2016 Contact: Office of Communications, 443.809.5908

BCPS graduation rate is up for fifth consecutive year

Achievement gaps continue to narrow

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TOWSON - According to data released today by the Maryland State Department of Education, the four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate for the Baltimore County Public Schools rose to 87.78% for the Class of 2015, marking five consecutive years of gains. The statewide graduation rate for public schools reached 87%.

BCPS graduation rates increased for nearly all student subgroups since the tenure of Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance began in 2012. Black students and those in the two or more races student subgroups achieved the largest gains since then, with increases of 6.7 and 8.5 percentage points respectively.

While graduation rates improved overall, the gap between student subgroups continued to narrow. The gap between BCPS' largest student subgroups, black and white students, nearly disappeared, decreasing from 5.2 in 2012 to 0.7 in 2015.

"Our mission is equity, so I'm thrilled that the graduation rate continues to rise overall and by subgroup year after year," said Dance. "These accomplishments are due to the dedicated work of our teachers and leaders districtwide to make graduation a priority, expand credit recovery, and address individual student needs."

At Overlea High School, which saw the greatest graduation rate gain since 2012, Principal Dr. Marquis Dwarte focused on developing a school culture of success. "Various online credit recovery opportunities were key as well as staff members working hard to get to know each student on a personal level. We created both academic and extracurricular programs to keep students connected to school." The Overlea High School graduation rate surged from 75.4% in 2012 to 87.3% in 2015 for a gain of 11.9 percentage points.

The graduation rate for BCPS' growing population of English learners (ELs) has declined since 2012. In his FY 2017 budget proposal to the Board of Education, Dance requested additional instructional positions and extra resources to support the needs of ELs.

Four-year adjusted cohort dropout rates continued to decrease, down to 8.78% for BCPS and 8.1% for Maryland public schools.

Graduation and dropout rate data for Baltimore County Public Schools are available at the Maryland Report Card website at www.mdreportcard.org.

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