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MCPS Graduation Rates Dip Ever So Slightly, Local Schools See Graduation Rates Improve

The four-year graduation rate for Montgomery County Public Schools dipped ever so slightly to 89.5 percent, according to data released by the Maryland State Department of Education on this month. The MCPS graduation dropped by 0.3 percentage points, from the previous year and has fallen 0.2 percentage points over the past three years. MCPS points out that the district’s four-year cohort graduation rate has remained steady at nearly 90 percent over the past three years.

Two Germantown schools have seen their four-year graduation rates increase over the past three years. The graduation rate at Seneca Valley increased 4.0 percentage points from 2015-2016 to the 2016-2017 school year. The graduation rate at Seneca Valley was 86.2 percent for the 2016-2017 school year. Seneca Valley has also shown the largest improvements to graduation rate in the County over a three-year period with a 3.0 percentage point gain, also the largest gain of any MCPS high school.

The graduation rate at Northwest was 95.0 percent for the 2016-2017 school year. Northwest’s graduation rate remained high, but dipped a smidge, 0.1 percent from the previous school year. However, Northwest has also seen its graduation rate gain 2.2 points over the three year period.

The graduation rate at Clarksburg High School was 91.5 percent for the 2016-2017 school year. Clarksburg High School saw its graduation rate increase by 1.4 percentage-points year-over-year and has seen a 1.3 increase over the last three years.

The four-year graduation rate is calculated by dividing the number of students who graduate within four years, including the summer following their fourth year of high school, with a regular high school diploma by the number of students who form the adjusted cohort for that graduating class. Students who drop out of high school remain in the adjusted cohort—that is, the denominator of the cohort graduation rate calculation.

“Montgomery County Public Schools continues to outperform public schools across the state and our high graduation rate is a testament to the hard work of our students, the commitment of our staff, and strong support from the community,” said Michael Durso, president of the Montgomery County Board of Education. “We remain committed to our efforts to ensure that 100 percent of our students graduate with the skills and knowledge they will need to excel in college or careers.”

The four-year graduation rate has improved for several student subgroups in MCPS. For instance, the MCPS graduation rate for African American students rose to 88.2 percent, a one-year in