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MCPS graduation rate dips below Fairfax

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Published on: Thursday, June 13, 2013

By Holden Wilen

After four years at the top, the graduation rate for Montgomery County Public Schools students has dipped below that of rival Fairfax, Va.

According to the 2013 Diplomas Count report published by Education Week, the graduation rate for MCPS is 84 percent, tied with Baltimore County Public Schools for second among the nation’s 50 largest districts. Meanwhile, Fairfax County Public Schools has the highest graduation rate at 85 percent.

“It is disappointing that we are not first on this list, but we are pleased to be among the nation’s highest performing large districts, and I am confident our graduation rate is headed in the right direction,” said Joshua Starr, MCPS superintendant of schools. “We will use the results from Diplomas Count, along with other data, to inform conversations about how we serve and support students and improve teaching and learning.”

The report uses data from the 2009-10 school year. Although the MCPS graduation rate remains near the top, it is four percent lower than the rate of 88 percent from last year’s report. However, the MCPS rate is still higher than the 78.6 percent rate for the state of Maryland.

While MCPS is doing better than a majority of the state and the country, Starr said, more needs to be done to make sure students graduate on time and are prepared for life after high school.

“The results are another indicator of our ongoing commitment to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful,” Starr said.

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