Fauquier’s high school graduation rate continues to climb
The class of 2013 at Liberty High School cheers at their graduation ceremony. - Photo by Adam Goings
Ninety-four percent of Fauquier County's Class of 2013 got their diplomas, according to a release from Fauquier County Public Schools.
Data from the Virginia Department of Education shows the graduation rate of Fauquier students has climbed steadily over the past five years. The class of 2013's on-time graduation rate beats the state average of 89.1 percent.
The FCPS on-time graduation has increased by 7.1 points since 2008, the first year the state department of education reported graduation rates for the state, school divisions, and high schools based on student-level data that fully account for student mobility, promotion and retention. The local school division’s rate has inched up every year the data has been reported:
Class of 2013: 94 percent on-time graduation rate
Class of 2012: 93.1 percent on-time graduation rate
Class of 2011: 90.5 percent on-time graduation rate
Class of 2010: 90.3 percent on-time graduation rate
Class of 2009: 88.1 percent on-time graduation rate
Class of 2008: 86.9 percent on-time graduation rate
By comparison, Culpeper County had a 91.9 percent graduation rate, Warren County had a 92.3 percent rate, Rappahannock County had a 93.2 percent graduation rate, Loudoun County had a 95.7 percent graduation rate and Prince William County had an 89.6 percent graduation rate.
Overall, Fauquier's rates beat the state average in several minority groups:
Black students – 94.2 percent, state rate 84.1 percent
Hispanic students – 92.9 percent, state rate 83.3 percent
Students with disabilities – 94.6 percent, state rate 85.6 percent
Economically disadvantaged students – 85 percent, state rate 83.1 percent
Dr. David Jeck, Fauquier County superintendent of schools, said of the FCPS on-time graduation rate data, “The graduation rate is the result of a sustained, coordinated effort by educators here in Fauquier who simply do not give up on getting students to the diploma line.”
Dr. Sandra Mitchell, associate superintendent for instruction, added, “When you consider the cost of dropping out of high school to our society, a child, a family, and a generation – this data set, in my opinion, is far more significant in many respects than our test scores and is worthy of celebrating.”
Since 2011, high schools have had to meet meet an annual benchmark for graduation and completion to earn full accreditation under Virginia’s Standards of Learning accountability program.
The FCPS dropout rate for the Class of 2013 was 2.6 percent, well below the state dropout rate of 5.9 percent. Fauquier County’s dropout rate has steadily decreased over the past five years from the initial rate of 4.9 percent reported in 2008.
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