WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

D.C. School System Shows Increased Graduation Rate

Play associated audio
 
 
High school teacher Shira Fishman with math students in a D.C. Public School.
 
 
Kavitha Cardoza
    High school teacher Shira Fishman with math students in a D.C. Public School.    

The latest graduation rate figures have been released in D.C., and the public school system is at 61 percent — a 2 percent increase from 2011. That means more than half of all D.C. public school children graduate with high school diplomas in four years. 

D.C.'s charter school system's graduation rate is far higher than the average, at 77 percent — but that is a three-point drop from the previous year. The traditional public school system's graduation rate improved by three points to 56 percent. 

Overall, more than 1,000 students have either dropped out permanently during the past year or haven't officially left out but aren't in school, according to the statistics.

This year is the first time D.C. Public Schools and other school systems around the country reported graduation rates calculated under a more robust system. Last year, for the first time, states across the country were required to use a standard method involving following every student entering in the 9th grade to see if he or she graduated four years later. 

Previously, states used a variety of more generous methods. Some estimated how many students they think graduated, others count GED certificates as high school diplomas. Others only considered the graduation rate of 12th graders, without counting students who may have dropped out years earlier. 

NPR

Jhumpa Lahiri Finds Freedom In Italian Memoir: 'No One Expected Me To Do It'

The Interpreter of Maladies author is a successful, Pulitzer Prize-winning English-language writer. But she found writing in Italian gave her true freedom; "Language is a very messy thing," she says.
NPR

Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business

For the first time, companies can apply to set up fish farms in U.S. federal waters. The government says the move will help reduce American dependence on foreign seafood and improve security.
WAMU 88.5

What's Behind Trends In U.S. Violent Crime Rates

FBI data suggest there was a slight uptick in violent crime in the first half of last year, but overall violent crime rates in the U.S. have dropped dramatically over the last twenty years. What led to the long-term decline, and why do some say it’s likely to continue?

WAMU 88.5

Blocked: Twitter's Role In Combating Violent Extremism

Over the course of seven months, Twitter has suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.