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Posted at 9:05 AM ET, 06/10/2010

2 area school systems top grad rate list

By Washington Post editors

The Montgomery County schools have the highest graduation rate among the country's 50 largest school systems, an education news outlet reported Thursday. Fairfax County isn't far behind--in second place.

Figures from Education Week show 83.1 percent of Montgomery's class of 2007 and 82.5 percent of Fairfax's graduated from high school within four years. The rates differ somewhat from state calculations because they use federal rather than state data to make the comparisons.

Anne Arundel County was seventh on the list, with a graduation rate of 75.2 percent. Prince William County was 15th, at 65.7 percent. Prince George's County was 30th, at 59.3 percent. D.C. schools were not included in the comparison.

--Michael Birnbaum

By Washington Post editors  | June 10, 2010; 9:05 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Virginia  | Tags:  graduation rate, montgomery county, montgomery county schools  
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What is the national average? What is the average for the top 50? What numbers are these counties being compared with?

Posted by: -TBG- | June 10, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Questions should be asked about Education Week's data on graduation trends and comparisons of the larger school systems, especially when current data is readily available:

2009 Graduation Rate MoCo Public Schools: 87.38%
2009 Dropout Rate: 2.72%

2009 Graduation Rate PGCPS Public Schools: 84.56%
2009 Dropout Rate: 1.34%

Link to graduation grend MoCo PS from 1996-2009:

MoCo Graduation Percentages from 2002-2009:
2009: 87.38
2008: 89.08
2007: 90.37
2006: 91.58
2005: 91.43
2004: 91.95
2003: 92.45
2002: 91.81

Link below for graduation trend PGCPS from 1996-2009:

PGCPS Graduation Percentages for 2002-2009:
2009: 84.56
2008: 83.09
2007: 84.88
2006: 86.56
2005: 86.82
2004: 86.72
2003: 89.54
2002: 89.03

Posted by: TwoSons | June 10, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Per Maryland State Department of Education Website, below are dropout rates for 2007 grades 9-12 for Montgomery County Public Schools and Prince George's County Public Schools.

MoCo PS Dropout Rate: 9-12
2007: 2.71%
9-12 Student Total: 49,562 (Dropouts: 1,342)

PGCPS Dropout Rate: 9-12
2007: 3.82%
9-12 Student Total: 48,093 (Dropout: 1,838)

The information in this article seems to be very very flawed and the inaccuracies in drop out rates seem to go directly against Majority Minority School Systems on its face.

Posted by: TwoSons | June 10, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

TwoSons--I was listening to the news about this and they said that the Education Week's figures don't include a lot of info like students that graduate in 5 years or that transfer in and out etc They said that the figures were to be used just to get a general idea I would hope that the MSDE figures would be more accurate

Posted by: musiclady | June 10, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to the students, parents, teachers, and administration of Montgomery County Public Schools. Consistent success like MoCo produces year after year does not just happen. Without the committment of all involved and a community that is willing to finance the best school system in the country...this could not happen. Well done.


Posted by: free-donny | June 11, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

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