Chesterfield’s on-time graduation rate keeps rising

The percentage of students graduating in four years from Chesterfield County Public Schools continues to increase and outpace the state average, according to information released today by the Virginia Department of Education.

The on-time graduation rate of Chesterfield County Public Schools was 91.4 percent in 2014. That is an increase from 90.2 percent in 2013 and continues a upward climb of almost 5 percentage points since 2011. Chesterfield County continues to outpace Virginia’s on-time graduation rate of 89.9 percent in 2014.

“I am proud to see more and more students completing high school in four years and moving on to successful futures,” said Dr. Marcus Newsome, superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools. “As I have noted before, I believe our on-time graduation rate will continue to improve as we continue to provide a relevant education. In that type of learning environment, students will be engaged and encouraged to continue their studies.”

In addition to overall improvement, on-time graduation rates also rose for the majority of demographic groups within Chesterfield County Public Schools, including these groups:

  • In 2014, 90 percent of black students graduated in four years, advancing from 89 percent in 2013.
  • In 2014, 93 percent of white students graduated in four years, advancing from 91 percent in 2013.
  • In 2014, 93 percent of female students graduated in four years, advancing from 92 percent in 2013.
  • In 2014, 90 percent of male students graduated in four years, advancing from 88 percent in 2013.

“To keep our on-time graduation rate moving in the right direction, Chesterfield County Public Schools is targeting resources and attention to eliminating gaps among subgroups,” Dr. Newsome said. “Initiatives include a divisionwide Dropout Prevention Task Force that emphasizes the importance of attendance at all grade levels beginning in elementary school; Operation Graduation Teams that work in middle schools and high schools with students who have limited English proficiency and students who have disabilities; and strengthening relationships among high school staff members and students in danger of not graduating on time so that those students feel connected and supported within their schools.”

Two of Chesterfield County’s 10 comprehensive high schools — Midlothian and Cosby — achieved on-time graduation rates of 99 percent. Six of the 10 comprenhensive high schools graduated a higher percentage of students on time in 2014 than in the previous year:

  • Bird High — 92 percent in 2014; 90 percent in 2013
  • Cosby High — 99 percent in 2014; 98 percent in 2013
  • Thomas Dale High — 95 percent in 2014; 93 percent in 2013
  • Matoaca High — 93 percent in 2014; 92 percent in 2013
  • Meadowbrook High — 88 percent in 2014; 87 percent in 2013
  • Monacan High — 95 percent in 2014; 94 percent in 2013

The Virginia Department of Education website (www.doe.virginia.gov) provides detailed information about graduation rates.