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Maryland schools making graduation strides

msde logowithoutborderMaryland has more high school graduates and fewer dropouts than past years, according to data released today by the Maryland State Department of Education.

Two years ago Maryland moved to the cohort graduation rate, which follows a set group of students from freshman year through their senior year, to better track their progress. The four-year cohort graduation rate for the class of 2012 jumped more than 1.5 percentage points between 2010 and 2012, from 81.97 to 83.57 percent. The five-year cohort graduation rate – those students completing their diploma in five years – improved from 84.57 to 86.32.

Four-year cohort data for the class of 2013 will be available next year, after summer data is finalized.

“Working together, Maryland has invested more in its schools, even during tough times when other states were cutting back. Those investments are paying off with better schools, better teachers, and students who are better prepared for tomorrow’s challenges,” said Gov. Martin O’Malley. “A quality education is a ladder of opportunity, and investing in schools is key to a strong and growing middle class.”

State Superintendent of Schools Lillian M. Lowery agreed, emphasizing that a high school diploma represents the first step in gaining the requisite preparation for a student’s next step.

“We need our students to be prepared for a career or college, and we continue to strengthen standards to prepare them for the future,” Dr. Lowery said. “We remain concerned about gaps in the graduation rate, but the trends are in the right direction. A Maryland high school diploma opens the door to a world of opportunity.”

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