8/31/11 Schools’ graduation figures improve

Schools’ graduation figures improve
By Mike Wilder The Times-News 8/31/11     
Reprinted with permission.
 

   The graduation rate for the Alamance-Burlington School System improved during 2010-11.

   The percentage of students who graduated after entering high school as freshmen four years earlier was 75.5 percent, up from 72.8 percent in 2009-10.

   The rate had ranged between 70.6 percent and 71.7 percent from 2006-07 to 2008-09. The current rate is a significant improvement from 2005-06, when 66.7 percent of students graduated from high school after four years. 

   Dain Butler, the system’s director of accountability and school improvement, said the percentage of students who graduated in 2010-11 after entering high school five years earlier was 76 percent.

   The four-year figure is more frequently used, though the five-year statistic can measure progress in students finishing high school on a delayed schedule.

   The Alamance-Burlington system’s four-year graduation rate for 2010-11 was a little lower than the state’s, which was 77.7 percent.

   Federal No Child Left Behind standards include the graduation rate as one measure of a school’s success. Each school in the system met the requirement for 2010-11 based on either the percentage of students graduating — more than 80 percent in either the four- or five-year category — or by showing significant improvement from the previous year.

   The system as a whole met the requirement based on the extent to which the rate improved from 2009-10 to 2010-11.

   It’s possible for the five-year rate to be lower then the four-year rate. The five-year rate involves a separate group of students, rather than more graduates added to the students who graduated in four years.

   Here are the graduation rates for the system’s six traditional high schools for 2010-11:

   Eastern Alamance High School: 86.7 percent for the four-year graduation rate; 78 percent for the five year graduation rate.

   Graham High School: 66.4 percent for the four-year graduation rate; 69.4 percent for the five-year graduation rate.

   Cummings High School: 70.6 percent for the four-year graduation rate; 75.3 percent for the five-year graduation rate.

   Southern Alamance High School: 76.8 percent for the four-year graduation rate; 80 percent for the five year graduation rate.

   Western Alamance High School: 86.6 percent for the four-year graduation rate; 85.3 percent for the fiveyear graduation rate.

   Williams High School: 75.9 percent for the four-year graduation rate; 83 percent for the five-year graduation rate.