WCPSS Graduation Rate Reaches All-Time High
For the sixth year in a row, Wake County Public School System’s four-year graduation rate increased
For the sixth year in a row, Wake County Public School System’s four-year graduation rate increased. It now stands at an all-time high of 89.1 percent.
Nearly two-thirds of the district’s high schools continue to have graduation rates above 90 percent, with students of color continuing to lead the increase.
“Year after year, we are sending an ever-increasing number of young people into the world ready for productive citizenship as well as college or career,” says WCPSS Superintendent Cathy Moore. “This doesn’t happen by accident, and I’m grateful for the continued commitment of our teachers, administrators, parents and students. Our goal is to make sure every child is able to graduate on time and well prepared for whatever the next step in their journey may be.”
Perfect Graduation Rates
All five of the district’s Early College High Schools posted graduation rates of 100 percent. Vernon Malone College and Career Academy and Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy joined Wake STEM Early College, Wake Early College of Health and Science and Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy in achieving the honor this year.
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction changed how individual schools must calculate their four-year graduation rate, leading to a decrease in graduation rates at most WCPSS high schools. Schools are now required to count students who transferred mid-year. Many of these students were not on track to graduate in four years when they arrived, which had the effect of pushing graduation rates down at 20 of 31 schools for 2017-18. In past years, transfer students were counted in the district graduation rate, but not counted against individual school rates.
Despite the rule change, Enloe Magnet High School increased its graduation rate by two percentage points to 92.6 percent and Heritage High School increased its by 0.9 percent to 92.2 percent.
A separate rule change also contributed to a large increase in the graduation rate of Limited English Proficient (LEP) students. This subgroup now includes students who were no longer LEP when they graduated. In the past, only students who were LEP at the time of graduation were included in this subgroup. Graduation rates were calculated the same as past years for other subgroups, which saw increases for African-American and Hispanic students. Rates decreased for American Indian, Asian, multiracial students and students with disabilities.