Seniors meet graduation requirement

Seniors meet graduation requirement

More Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students are graduating and meeting the academic challenges of the state High School Assessments (HSA), according to data released today by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

Countywide, the class of 2013 met reading, mathematics, biology and graduation targets for the all students category. Mathematics, which is based on algebra scores, increased to 93.56 in 2013 from 92.45 proficiency in 2012. English scores were 92.28 in 2013, up from 90.2 in 2012. Biology scores increased to 90.90, up from 86.67 in 2012. The 2012 four-year graduation cohort rate is 89.80 percent, up from 88.0 percent in 2011. Graduation rate reporting is a year behind academic scores. Under the School Progress calculation, all CCPS high schools met the proficiency target for “all students” for 2013.

No CCPS high school student failed to graduate solely because of failure to meet the HSA requirement for graduation. Other graduation requirements include student service learning and completion of a minimum of 23 credits as specified by Maryland law.

HSA data shows that 2,133 Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) seniors met the HSA requirement with 95 percent of students meeting the requirement by passing all required tests or the combined score option. Another 5 percent used the Bridge Plan for Academic Validation to meet the assessment requirement. Statistics show more students meeting the requirement through examination rather than Bridge Plan projects.

“The targets increase every year, and our students continue to meet high expectations. I commend our high school teachers and staff who continue to work hard to track the progress of each senior to ensure that they meet these targets. We continue to raise standards to make certain our students are college and career ready,” said Superintendent Kimberly Hill.

Graduation rates

Charles County Public Schools increased its four-year cohort graduation rate for 2012 to 89.80 percent, up from 88 in 2011. The state reports academic HSA data for the most recent graduating class; however, graduation rate reporting is for the prior year. MSDE releases graduation rates by cohort rate, which is a measurement of the percent of students who complete high school within four years and using the year in which the student began ninth grade. It is a completely different calculation than the Leaver Graduation Rate, which was previously used and follows each student in a particular graduating cohort based on a unique identifier. The cohort rate replaces the Leaver rate, which counted all graduates, not just those who graduate in four years.

Hill said she is pleased with the increases in the graduation rate, but believes there is still work to be done to keep more students in school through graduation. “We must continue our focus on teaching and learning to ensure students are engaged and working toward graduation,” Hill said.

All 2013 school and system data is available on the updated website.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Connie W. Armstead, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, central office building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646. 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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