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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.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

2015 Melrose High School Graduation Rates

Graduation rates for the Commonwealth were released last week by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (info here: http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/state_report/gradrates.aspxand Melrose students performed very well, with outstanding support from their families and Melrose High School staff. Here's how the numbers break out:

Year
# in
% Grad.
% Still
% Non-
% HS
% Dropped
% Grad
Cohort
in 4 yrs.
in School
Complete*
Equiv.
Out
in 4 Yrs. Adj.**
2015
232
95.7
2.2
1.3
0
0.9
98.2
2014
233
96.1
1.3
0.4
1.3
0.9
97.7
2013
241
94.2
1.2
0.8
0.8
2.9
97.1
2012
273
94.1
2.6
0.4
0
2.9
97.0
2011
241
90.9
5.4
0.4
0
3.3
93.5
2010
236
93.6
4.2
0.8
0.4
0.8
96.1
2009
241
92.5
0.8
0.8
1.2
4.6
95.1
2008
238
89.9
2.5
2.5
0.8
4.2
93.5
2007
222
91.4
5.4
0
0.9
2.3
95.7
2006
255
93.3
3.1
2
0
1.6
95.6
  *Students who attain in a different way or  SPED students who reach the age of 22
** Does not include transfers in

 
As noted in last year's post on the same topic, "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."     

Supt. Taymore will be discussing this information at the School Committee meeting of February 9th.