Maryland's high school graduation rates have been rising steadily over the last few years. Although there is still a lot of work to be done, and a significant number of children are still falling behind or dropping out of school, the state is making positive strides.
"The four-year cohort graduation rate reached 84.97 percent for the class of 2013 – students who entered school in the fall of 2009 – compared to 83.57 percent for the class of 2012. That represents a remarkable 1.4 percentage point increase in the graduation rate in just one year. At the same time, the cohort dropout rate fell by nearly a full percentage point to 9.36, the lowest on record."
(Source: Maryland State Department of Education, January 28, 2014)
The numbers show progress and the news is encouraging. For example, the graduation rate for Hispanic students jumped more than 2.5 percentage points between 2012 and 2013, from 72.51 percent to 75.08 percent. Additionally:
As the numbers reveal, Maryland is highly invested in building strong and educated communities and families by focusing on preparing today’s students for college and career success.
There is still a lot of work to be done to make sure that all students have access to high quality resources and programs to help them succeed in school. High school dropout rates are affected by a variety of factors and circumstances. Below are some of the common situations that may play a role in the dropout crisis, both locally and nationally.
The impact of the dropout crisis reaches much farther than at-risk students, families and schools.
Learn more about the key indicators affecting the educational outcomes of students.