Parent Teacher Magazine Gaston County Schools Nov/Dec 2017 - Page 7

Gaston’s graduation rate increases again; now at 88.3 percent Rate rises for the eighth consecutive year and is above the state average Once again, the high school graduation rate for Gaston County Schools has increased, according to information released by the North Carolina State Board of Education. The graduation rate for the Class of 2017 is 88.3 percent, which is the highest rate ever for the school district. of 88.2. The five-year cohort graduation rate reflects the number of students who entered the ninth grade in 2012-2013 and graduated in 2017. Here is a look at several graduation rate highlights: n This year’s graduation rate (88.3 percent) is the highest ever for Gaston County Schools. Gaston’s graduation rate has increased each year for the past eight years. The Gaston rate of 88.3 percent is higher than the state graduation rate of 86.5 percent. n Gaston’s rate of 88.3 percent is higher than the state graduation rate of 86.5 percent. Eight high schools have a graduation rate that exceeds 90 percent. Three years ago, only four high schools were higher than 90 percent. Called the four-year cohort graduation rate, it reflects the percentage of students who entered the ninth grade in 2013- 2014 and graduated four years later in June 2017. The 2017 rate is higher than last year’s mark of 88.0 percent, and since the state first calculated the graduation rate in 2005-2006, Gaston County Schools has increased 20.2 points from 68.1 to 88.3 percent. “We are extremely pleased to see our graduation rate increase again – this is a significant accomplishment for Gaston County Schools,” said Superintendent of Schools W. Jeffrey Booker. “Our steady increase over the years is a result of teache rs, administrators, parents, counselors, nurses, social workers, and other student support personnel working together to ensure that students graduate from high school.” Programs that focus on academics, attendance, dropout prevention, character education, behavior/discipline, and counseling/ mental health services help the school district’s efforts to keep students in school and on track for graduation. “A high school diploma is so important because it unlocks the door to the future for our students. That is why our ultimate goal is to have a 100 percent graduation rate, and we will continue to work to see more students walk across the graduation stage,” added Booker. “To have our graduation rate increase for the eighth consecutive year shows that we are moving in the right direction toward our goal.” It is important to note that the four-year graduation rate is not the same as the dropout rate, which indicates the number of students who drop out of high school in a given year. Some students need an extra year of high school to complete graduation requirements. The district’s five-year cohort graduation rate is 89.2 percent, which is higher than last year’s five-year rate n Since the state first reported the graduation rate in 2005-2006, Gaston’s rate has increased 20.2 points (from 68.1 to 88.3 percent). n Eight high schools have a graduation rate that exceeds 90 percent – Ashbrook, Cherryville, Stuart W. Cramer, East Gaston, Forestview, Gaston Early College, Highland, and South Point. Three years ago, only four high schools were higher than 90 percent. n The Highland School of Technology has a 100 percent graduation rate. Highland consistently ranks as having one of the highest graduation rates in the state. n Bessemer City (+5.5 points), East Gaston (+4.0 points), and Cherryville (+3.4 points) had the most significant gains over last year. n Over the past five years, Bessemer City had the most significant gain, increasing 22.7 points from 62.8 percent in 2012-2013 to 85.5 percent in 2016-2017. Hunter Huss and East Gaston also achieved double-digit gains over a five-year period. Creating a lifetime of healthy smiles - one child at a time! Thank you for voting us as the Best Pediatric Dental Office in Gaston County! 1367-B East Garrison Blvd Gastonia, NC 28054 Laetitia Sery, DDS 980.320.8479 • www.gastoniapediatricdentistry.com Parent Teacher Magazine• November/December 2017• 5