SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The overall graduation rate of Massachusetts high schools continued to improve this last school year. Dropouts are at a three-decade low, and statewide, the four-year graduation rate for the class of 2014 was 86.1%.
Some of the strongest growth is in the graduation rates of African American and Hispanic students, according to the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Dropout rates continue to vary from district-to-district. Springfield Public Schools have improved overall in the last several years. Their graduation rates have increased 6.7% in one year, which is the highest gain of any urban district in the state.
“We’re excited about the gains. We realize we have a long way to go, because we want to graduate all of our students college and career-ready, but clearly we’re on the right path and moving in the right direction,” Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick said.
Warwick added that they have been using early dropout warning indicators, such as attendance and grades to identify students that need help, They have also put plans and graduation coaches in place to do so.
Several Massachusetts school districts, including Hatfield, Longmeadow, Wayland and Weston saw no students drop out in the last school year.