Higher percentage of students meeting state tested graduation requirements
A higher percentage of graduating seniors completed their state testing requirements in reading, writing and mathematics this year than in 2013, Patrick Murphy, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education said.
However, a lack of credits is something on-time graduation coordinators are still trying to tackle.
An annual review of current seniors in the month of May shows 92.1 percent this year have met their state testing graduation requirements in reading, writing and math compared to 89.8 percent during that same time period for the class of 2013 and 84.1 percent for the class of 2012.
“We are moving in the right direction in making sure all of our students are meeting the state testing requirements,” he said.
Dr. Murphy noted that lack of sufficient credit - not a failure to meet state testing requirements - is the biggest reason students don’t graduate on time.
This winter, on-time graduation coordinators were hired to help assist credit deficient students to increase the percentage of students who graduate on time.
A similar review of this year’s seniors showed that about 15% of them are behind in credits in order to graduate on time; however, about half of those students are within two credits of being on track.
Dr. Murphy noted that part of the work of the on-time graduation coordinators is to work with those students and find credit retrieval options to help get them over the top and across the graduation stage.