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Grad Rates Among CT's High-Schoolers Improve Slightly

According to a report released by the State Department of Education, rates among Hispanics, blacks and English-language learners are still below other groups.

Nearly one in 5 students in Connecticut, or 18.2 percent, failed to complete high school in four years in 2010 — a slight decrease from the preliminary rate of 20.7 percent in 2009, according a report released last week by the state Department of Education.

The rates for Hispanic, black, special education and English-language learner students were worse than other groups with about one in 3 not receiving a standard diploma within four years. According to the report, the highest four-year graduation rate was among Asians at 88.8 percent, while the rate for English-language learners came in at the lowest at 60.1 percent.

“The statewide graduation rate gap in Connecticut subgroup populations mandates that we begin identifying exemplary schools that model preparation and success for students in our lower-performing communities,” Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor said in a statement. “From the local level to the state level, we must redouble our efforts to graduate the next generation of leaders on time all of the time.”

Ten districts —  , , , Regional School Districts 17 and 18, Bolton, Cromwell, Guilford, and — exceeded 95 percent in 2010. Six districts — Bridgeport, Hartford, New Britain, New Haven, and Norwich — had rates lower than 65 percent.

The following chart shows 2010 graduation rates for all groups, including those eligible for free or reduced lunch:

 

 

Graduates

Non-Graduates

Category

2010
Cohort #

Four-Year
Graduation Rate

Still Enrolled

Non-Completers
(Certificate of Attendance)

Other

All Students

44,461

81.8

6.1

0.4

11.7

Hispanic

6,917

64.0

11.4

0.5

24.1

Non-Hispanic

37,544

85.2

5.1

0.4

9.3

Indian

146

72.9

6.9

0.0

20.2

Asian

1,562

88.8

3.3

0.1

7.8

Black

6,431

68.7

10.5

1.2

19.6

White

29,405

88.7

4.0

0.2

7.1

Male

22,835

78.5

7.9

0.7

12.9

Female

21,626

85.4

4.1

0.1

10.4

ELL

1,938

60.1

11.0

0.0

28.9

Non-ELL

42,523

82.7

5.8

0.4

11.1

Eligible For Lunch

11,368

62.7

12.0

1.3

24.0

Not Eligible For Lunch

33,093

88.4

4.0

0.1

7.5

Special Education

5,091

62.5

21.3

0.8

15.4

Non-Special Education

39,370

84.3

4.0

0.4

11.3

The release of the results coincide with a nationwide petition to promote legislation that would from starting the school day before 8 a.m.

Rates among specific districts and schools can be found at the following sites:

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