District 50 Graduation Rate Up, Dropout Rate Down
Newly released data from the Colorado Department of Education shows that Adams County School District 50 continues to make significant improvements in the number of students graduating from high school as well as a decline in the number of students dropping out of school.
In both categories, District 50’s rates of improvement exceeded statewide averages.
“It is very good news, but we still have a lot of work to do,” said Superintendent Pamela Swanson. “I’m proud of our students and staff at Westminster High School and Hidden Lake High School. Our focus on rigor, competency and the importance of a diploma is paying off.”
The district-wide graduation rate climbed from 60.5% to 64%. That is a 3.5% increase compared to a statewide average increase of 1.5%.
Westminster High School’s graduation rate now stands at 74% which is close to the state average of 76.9%.
The on-time graduation rate reflects the percentage of students from a given graduation class who receive a diploma within four years of completing 8th-grade. Individual district, school and statewide data are available here.
District 50’s dropout rate declined to 3.4% from 4.3% a year ago. It is a .9% decline compared to the statewide average of .4%. The statewide dropout rate is 2.5% which is the lowest percentage since 2003.
The dropout rate reflects the percentage of all students enrolled in grades seven through twelve who leave school without transferring to another educational environment during a single school year.
Individual district, school and statewide data are available here.
Posted January 30, 2014