VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rosemary Gladden
Date: 09/27/17 Phone: 757.263.1229
News Release No. 014 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: rosemary.gladden@vbschools.com

VBCPS achieves record graduation and
dropout rates; outperforms state

The Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Class of 2017 posted both the division’s highest On-Time Graduation (OTG) rate and lowest dropout rate since 2008, the first year the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) began using cohort-based calculations for these reports. Additionally, VBCPS outperformed the state this year in both the graduation rate and dropout rate.

According to the VDOE, 91.9 percent of VBCPS’ Class of 2017 earned a diploma in four years - higher than the state’s 91.1 percent. Furthermore, the division’s cohort dropout rate for the Class of 2017 is 4.6 percent, better than the state’s rate of 5.8 percent.

“We are thrilled to see continued progress in our graduation and dropout rates because, ultimately, it means we have more students taking advantage of today’s incredible learning opportunities,” said VBCPS Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence. “This report and this data are truly testaments to our division’s outstanding teachers, administrators and staff members who are dedicated to meeting our children where they are and creating the most engaging learning environments possible for them.”

This year’s data showcases the division’s long line of continued progress in these areas. Specifically, seven of the division’s 11 comprehensive high schools have OTG rates above 90 percent. In addition, the OTG rate for African-American students increased 1.6 percentage points compared to 2016 while the dropout rate decreased to 5.7 percent.

These successes are continuing good news for Virginia Beach schools. For 2017-18, VBCPS has earned full 100 percent state accreditation. In addition, earlier this week, the College Board reported VBCPS outperformed the nation and all divisions in Hampton Roads in performance on the SAT.

For more information on the OTG and dropout rates for all Virginia schools and school divisions, visit the VDOE website.


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