Data released today by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) show that Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) decreased its cohort-based dropout rate and maintained its On-Time Graduation rate.
The cohort-based dropout rate for the VBCPS Class of 2012 is 5.9 percent; lower than the statewide rate of 6.5 percent. VBCPS' dropout rate for the Class of 2012 is down from 6.2 percent in 2011. A cohort is a group of students followed over the course of their four-year high school career. The dropout rate reflects the percentage of students in the group who left high school permanently or who cannot be accounted for elsewhere.
VBCPS also maintained its On-Time Graduation rate. In Virginia Beach, 86.8 percent of the Class of 2012 graduated on time with a Board of Education approved diploma.
The On-Time Graduation Rate is one of several ways to measure student achievement. This method tracks individual students and accounts for student mobility, changes in enrollment and promotion and retention policies. The formula also makes adjustments for students with disabilities or limited English proficient students who may need longer than four years to graduate.
In addition to releasing On-Time Graduation Rates and cohort dropout rates, VDOE also made public the five-year completion rates for school divisions and individual schools across Virginia. The five-year completion rate for the VBCPS Class of 2011 is 93.2 percent, 1.8 percent higher than the state's rate of 91.4 percent. Completion rates include GED diplomas, Certificates of Completion and other Board of Education approved diplomas.
The overarching goal of the school division's strategic plan, Compass to 2015, is that by 2015, 95 percent or more of Virginia Beach students will graduate having mastered the skills they need to succeed as 21st century learners, workers and citizens. Understanding that there are students who need longer than the traditional four years to attain graduation credits, VBCPS has determined that measuring goal attainment for Compass to 2015 will be based on the percentage of a given class who complete a credential within five years. Visit the strategic plan for more on the measure of Compass to 2015.
The Virginia Department of Education website includes On-Time Graduation Rates and cohort-based dropout rates for all school districts and individual schools across Virginia. Data are also broken down by student subgroups. Questions regarding data for Virginia Beach City Public Schools should be directed to the Department of Educational Leadership and Assessment at 757.263.1030.