PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – After nearly two years of unprecedented learning, local school districts continue to look to the future, while reflecting on the past.
The following school districts have published recent data on the graduation and dropout rate:
Hampton City schools continue to make history with the highest on-time graduation rate and lowest drop-out rate since 2008, according to a press release from the school division.
They currently have the second-highest on-time graduation rate in the region with a total of 1,466 students in the class of 2021. Hampton also has the second-highest rate in the Commonwealth of Virginia compared to others. school divisions that have between 500 and 5,000 students. Rates continue to rise for historically under-represented student groups, including African American and Hispanic students, as well as students with disabilities and those learning English as a second language.
The Virginia Department of Education reported that Hampton graduates in 2021 topped the state average by 93% with an average of 96.9%.
Students are not included as graduates in calculating on-time graduation rates if they complete high school without graduating or have obtained a high school equivalency certificate such as ‘a GED. The completion rate for all students in the class of 2021, including diplomas, GED, and certificate of completion is 97.9%.
Hampton’s current dropout rate is 0.3% compared to the division’s 2008 dropout rate of 14.1%. This is the lowest dropout rate of the 15 school divisions. They also have the lowest dropout rate in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Virginia Beach City Public Schools report an on-time graduation rate (OTG) of 94.9% for the 2021 cohort year, along with the lowest recorded dropout rate of 2.7% .
“. âAnd thank you to our families for their patience and resilience as we have navigated an entire year in the throes of COVID-19. “
Since 2014, the division’s graduation rate has increased by 6.4 percentage points and the dropout rate has decreased by 2.1 percentage points.
The district also released data in these key areas:
- The division’s OTG increased steadily from 84.2% in 2008 to 94.9% in 2021 and the dropout rate decreased from 7% in 2008 to 2.7% in 2021.
- Since 2018, the graduation rate for African American students has increased by 1.7 percentage points and the dropout rate has decreased by 1.6 percentage points.
- Students with disabilities as a group increased their graduation rate from 91.7% to 93.5%.
This full article will be updated as 10 On Your Side learns more.