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Oct 02

NNPS Graduation Rate Increases and Reaches Record High

Posted on October 2, 2017 at 9:57 AM by Communications Department

Newport News Public Schools' on-time graduation rate has reached a record high: 93.4% of the class of 2017 graduated from high school according to data released on September 27, 2017 by the Virginia Department of Education. 

The school division's on-time graduation rate of 93.4%, is up from 72.9% in 2008. During the same period, the dropout rate decreased from 12% to 2.3% for the class of 2017. NNPS' dropout rate is lower than the state average of 5.8%. The overall student completion rate, which includes students who have earned a diploma or a GED in four years, is 95%. The NNPS class of 2017 increased its graduation and rate while taking more rigorous Standards of Learning tests designed by the Virginia Department of Education to better prepare students to meet national and international benchmarks for college and career readiness.  10-2 graduation

"We are very proud of the class of 2017 and their success. The completion of high school is an important milestone for young people and it opens doors for continued success," said Dr. Ashby Kilgore, superintendent of Newport News Public Schools. "The combined efforts of our students, families and staff are making a notable difference in Newport News." 

The on-time graduation rate monitors a cohort of high school students entering ninth-grade and assesses the graduation and dropout rates of these students four years later. The 2017 on-time graduation and dropout rates monitored the 2017 graduate class, who entered ninth-grade in the 2013-2014 school year. Two percent of the students in the cohort are still enrolled in the school division, giving them an opportunity to compete graduation requirements during the 2017-2018 school year.

Read more about this on the Newport News Public Schools website.