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Margaret Raymond Driscoll is a nine-year Melrose School Committee member who is passionate about excellent teaching and learning for all public school students, and considers it a privilege to collaborate with others who share that passion. You can also follow her on Twitter at @MargaretDrisc. Just to be clear - opinions expressed here do not represent those of the Melrose Public Schools, the Melrose School Committee, or the Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials - they are hers alone.

Friday, January 30, 2015

State Releases 2014 Graduation Data: How is MHS Doing?

Congratulations go out to Melrose High School students, teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators! In 2014, the highest percentage of students graduated within four years since at least 2006 (when they began posting on-line data) at 96.1%, and when adjusted for students who transferred in, the rate rises to 97.7%.

Here's the data:
# in Cohort
% Grad. In 4 Years*
% Grad in 4 Yrs. Adj.**
% Still in School
% Non-Completes
% GED
% Dropped Out
2014
233
96.1
97.7
1.3
0.4
1.3
0.9
2013
241
94.2
97.1
1.2
0.8
0.8
2.9
2012
273
94.1
97.0
2.6
0.4
0
2.9
2011
241
90.9
93.5
5.4
0.4
0
3.3
2010
236
93.6
96.1
4.2
0.8
0.4
0.8
2009
241
92.5
95.1
0.8
0.8
1.2
4.6
2008
238
89.9
93.5
2.5
2.5
0.8
4.2
2007
222
91.4
95.7
5.4
0
0.9
2.3
2006
255
93.3
95.6
3.1
2.0
0
1.6
* [# of 1st time entering 9th graders 4 years earlier] - transfers out + transfers in
** Adjusted graduation rate does not include transfers in














There is always more to do of course. Male students consistently rank below female students in graduation rates as does our high needs population. The work that Superintendent Taymore talks about being done to ensure that all students have equal access to curriculum, and providing a variety of supports when students struggle is encouraging. As a society and community, we need to be thoughtful about the social, emotional, and behavioral challenges that cause our students to suffer academically, and address what we can in the context of school authority and ability.

But for today, let’s celebrate success at MHS and look forward confidently to meeting future challenges!