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The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) released 2016-17 school year graduation, completion, and dropout rates last week. For Jefferson County Public Schools, the news is positive; more students are staying in school, and more students are graduating/completing their K-12 education.
“We are a big district with a diverse student population,” said Superintendent Dr. Jason Glass. “It’s no easy task to move our numbers in these areas, so it is very encouraging to see our upward trend. We have set a high goal for graduation and completion - 90% - and this shows it’s doable.”
Some highlights from the report are the on-time graduation rate over five years shows an increase of two percentage points for the district with a 1.7 percentage point increase for high schools, and 5.7 percentage point increase for option and special schools.
On-time graduation rates in 2016-17 show the district percentage rate increased 0.7 percentage points; limited English proficient percentage rate increased 2.4 percentage points; student with disabilities percentage rate increased 2.1 percentage points; and gifted and talented percentage rate increased 0.9 percentage points.
Dropout rate improvements in 2016-17 include the limited English proficient percentage rate decreased 1.6 percentage pointsl the Title I percentage rate decreased one percentage points; and the migrant and homeless percentage rates decreased by 1.1 percentage points.
Completion rate improvements in 2016-17 include the high school completion percentage rate increased one percentage point; the limited English proficient percentage rate increased 2.4 percentage points; the student with disabilities percentage rate increased 1.3 percentage points; and the gifted and talented percentage rate increased 0.4 percentage points.
For more information on Colorado graduation rates, including Jeffco Public Schools, visit www.cde.state.co.us/communications/20180118gradrates.
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