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MCPS Graduation Rates Rose Last Year, Yet Local Schools Showed Mixed Results

The four-year graduation rate for Montgomery County Public Schools has risen to 89.8 percent, according to data released by the Maryland State Department of Education on Tuesday. The MCPS graduation rate rose by 0.4 percentage points, a slight increase from the previous year and has risen 1.5 percentage points over the past three years.

The MCPS graduation rate for the class of 2016 is 2.2 percentage points higher than the rate for the state of Maryland.

“The increase in the MCPS graduation rate is encouraging and is an indicator that the district’s initiatives, programs and efforts are working,” said Board of Education President Michael Durso. “Our work will not be complete until 100 percent of our students graduate with the skills and knowledge they will need to thrive in their future.”

However, the graduation rates are local Germantown/ Clarksburg high schools have had mixed results. Only one of the local high schools saw in increase in the graduation rate, with the other two posting decreases.

According to MCPS, Northwest High School’s graduation rate showed a slight increase. The graduation rate at Northwest was 95.1 percent for the 2015-2016 school year, up from 94.5 percent from the previous year.

Seneca Valley High School’s graduation rate dropped to 82.2 percent in 2015-2016 a full 2-point drop from 84.2 percent in 2014-2015.

The graduation rate at Clarksburg High School fell 2.5 percentage points from 93.4 in 2014-2015 to 90.9 percent in 2015-2016.

With graduation rates in the middle- to upper-90s Clarksburg and Northwest are just below MCPS schools with the highest graduation rates. The MCPS high schools with the highest graduation rates in 2015-2016 were Thomas S. Wootton at 98.1 percent, Poolesville at 97.4 percent, Winston Churchill graduating 96.5 percent, and Walt Whitman at 96.1 percent.

Countywide the four-year graduation