Charles City High School Tops Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate

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Charles City High School Tops Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate

CHARLES CITY, VIRGINIA -- Charles City Public Schools and Charles City High School in particular had much to celebrate with the Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) release of its On-Time Graduation data on September 29, 2015.

While the numbers released by VDOE showed an increase in the state’s on-time graduation rate to 90.5%, Charles City High School reported an on-time graduation rate of 98.25% -- one of the highest on-time graduation rates in the state. Additionally, while the drop-out rate for Virginia’s high school students continued to decrease from 5.4% to 5.2% between 2014 and 2015, Charles City Public Schools posted a drop-out rate of 0%. Falls Church City and King and Queen County Public Schools also joined CCPS in posting a similar 0% drop-out rate for 2015.

The on-time graduation rate (OGR) is a measure monitored each year by the state of Virginia that tracks the number of students who enter into their freshman year and graduate in four years. The 2015 data is based on those students who entered high school as freshmen in 2011 and who were able to graduate in four years to receive a state-approved high school diploma. This year’s class of 2015 was a particularly noteworthy group of graduates, as this class experienced changes in the Virginia State Standards of Learning (SOL) tests over their four years in high school designed to make these assessments more rigorous and challenging.Over the past three years Charles City High School has experienced a steady increase in its on-time graduation rate. In 2013, its OGR was 93.65%. This percentage increased to 95.74% in 2014 before again rising in 2015 to the current 98.25%.

Drop-out rate data released by VDOE also showed a steady decrease in Charles City High School’s drop-out rate over the past three years. In 2013, CCPS reported a drop-out rate of 4.8%. This number was more than halved in 2014 to 2.1% before reaching 0% in 2015.

“The data released by VDOE this week gives our school division a lot to celebrate,” shared Division Superintendent David Gaston. “Our smaller size provides us with the advantage of working with each student and their family to plan and partner for a successful high school experience. Every student counts in CCPS— one or two students who might decide to give up on their high school diploma is not acceptable. Our goal as a division is to provide a challenging and successful high school experience to each and every one of our students.”

Additional graduation data that was released by VDOE showed similar success for Charles City County Public Schools. The Federal Graduation Index, which measures the number of advanced and standard diplomas awarded to high school graduates, was 86%. This indicator exceeded the minimum requirement of 85% required to meet Federal Annual Measurable Objectives (FAMO).

Additionally, the Graduation and Completion Index (GCI), which is another performance indicator for high school state accreditation, steadily increased from 92.05 in 2013 to 95.74 in 2014 and 99.47 in 2015. This indicator assigns point values to each student in the four-year cohort based on whether they received a state- approved high school diploma, completed their General Educational Development (GED) certificate, a state Certificate of Completion, or opted to remain in school past four years. A benchmark of 85 points must be met by each school division in order to receive accreditation by the state of Virginia.

Overall, Charles City High School joined the ranks of 197 other high schools out of a total of 329 high schools across the state who posted a graduation rate higher than the state. Additionally, the drop-out rates of 201 high schools were lower than the statewide rate.

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