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Graduation Rates Up 6.5% in Dearborn Public Schools

Graduation and dropout rates for 2012 were released by the State of Michigan this week.

Four-year graduation rates in Dearborn Public Schools rose 6.5 percent in 2012 from the previous year, according to statistics released this week by the State of Michigan's Center for Educational Performance and Information.

In Dearborn, dropout rates also fell from 2011.

Of the 1,397 Dearborn students set to earn their diplomas within four years in 2012, 1,153 (82.53 percent) graduated. A total of 113 students (8.09 percent) dropped out at some point during their high school career.

In 2011, the four-year graduation rate was 76.04 percent; the dropout rate was 11.54 percent.

The results in Dearborn followed statewide trends showing an increase in four-year graduates. Across Michigan, four-year graduation rates for students expected to graduate last spring increased to 76.24 percent, up 1.9 percent from the 2011 rate of 74.33.

Students are divided into "cohorts"—a combination of students who began ninth grade in the district four years prior, and including students who transferred in or our within the four year period. So for 2012 graduates, the cohort includes students who began high school in Dearborn in 2008, or transferred into the district before 2012 graduation.

The state also tracks students who were off track for four-year graduation but continuing their education, those who graduated or dropped out past the four-year mark, and those who completed their GED, or reached the maximum special education age.

“These numbers reflect the highest rates we have seen since we started reporting the data using a cohort methodology,” said CEPI director Thomas Howell. “This methodology allows us to track individual students from the first time they enroll as ninth-graders and has resulted in a more accurate measure of high school success for our students.”

More than 53 percent of Michigan’s school districts saw higher graduation rates. The largest increase in graduation rates throughout a five-year period were seen in several racial and ethnic groups. According to the report, rates for black students reached 59.93 percent last year, an increase of 3.64 percent since 2008. Hispanic student rates were at 64.3 percent, up 3.97 percent. This year’s rate reflects that 73.52 percent of multiracial students graduated in four years, increasing the annual rate by 3.52 percent since 2008.

“This is more positive news for Michigan public schools,” said state superintendent Mike Flanagan. “This is reflective of how our teachers and students are succeeding with the rigorous Michigan Merit Curriculum and being better prepared to continue Michigan’s economic comeback. We must stay on this positive course and keep our standards high and Michigan Merit Curriculum intact.”

Dearborn Public Schools is part of the statewide Dropout Challenge program, which identifies 10-15 students in each school who are at-risk and intervenes.

Dearborn Graduation and Dropout Rates

School 2012 Grad Rate

2012 Dropout Rate

2011 Grad Rate 2011 Dropout Rate Dearborn Public Schools 82.53% 8.09% 76.04%
11.54%

Dearborn High School

85.14% 6.31% 84.67% 8.29% Edsel Ford High School 79.74% 4.82% 76.35% 9.12% Fordson High School 84.39% 9.61% 77.08% 11.46%

For more information, see www.mischooldata.org.

laplateau February 15, 2013 at 12:52 PM
Can the school administration prove to us that increasing their graduation rate was the result of actual student achievement, or could it be that they simply either lowered their standards or tampered with test scores and grades, or a combination of both? Call me a skeptic!
AbuHak February 15, 2013 at 02:55 PM
When your boss, Superintendent Whiston, tells the principals that their evaluations and future employment is contingent upon having a higher graduation rate, then you pressure the teachers with a similar edict not to fail students thus you have higher graduation rates. It does not mean the students are learning anything, just that they are graduating.
Donna Hay February 15, 2013 at 03:23 PM
What is the average GPA for these graduates? You can call me a skeptic to laplateau.
AXXEL KNUTSON February 16, 2013 at 02:05 AM
These are pathetic, embarrassing numbers. Do I have to fix EVERYTHING? Awful.
Lee Jacobsen February 16, 2013 at 05:03 AM
Axxel, when students get a 4.0 grade just for dressing for gym class, and sitting in the bleachers reading a book, and not required to do any exercise, then grades have truly lost their meaning. Next thing you know, the schools will stop teaching kids how to write.
AXXEL KNUTSON February 16, 2013 at 08:11 AM
This is primarily the fault of parents not caring and ineffectual educators. You can't fire the stupid parents, but you can replace educators. These are terrible numbers. No summer break for these kids. Teachers teach 12 months or they can scram. Four ten hour days and add a fift day for the dummies.
laplateau February 16, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Lee... They haven't been teaching cursive writing at all for years now, so what you say about not teaching writing is already upon us!
Lee Jacobsen February 16, 2013 at 05:58 PM
Axxel, actually , you can keep the parts that are working and copy other methods that other countries use to get results that are putting us to shame. Not all kids are destined to become college material, nor should we force them to be something they have no interest in. At the end of 6th grade, let the parents, kids, and schools sort out the kids and divide them according to what grades, and interests, are indicating. If the parents think that their kid is a genius anyway, let them go to a private school, paid with govt money, as all parents have the right to choose the best schools for their kids. Of course , there will be parents who are not involved, to be nice about it, and that will allow the student and school to give the input. Lack of involvement means lack of choice in this case. This selection process has been going on for generations in the rest of the world, perhaps we should give it a try. Even the LA Times agrees on this one. See here. http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jan/13/opinion/la-oe-rustigan13-2010jan13 Educators can teach our kids how to sign their name, then learn either a trade or a profession, plumbers earn in the six figures, and are plenty smart. You can toss in all your diplomas into the toilet, but only a plumber will make a difference, unless it's a cruise vacation from hell.....then all bets are off. Using the schools year round is also much more cost effective, and let's expand the adult ed as well.
serendipity February 18, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Your negative commentary is so "1950". Broaden your horizons-- beyond the 24 hour news cycle... You are a dinosaur.

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