Throughout April, the Month of the Military Child, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) student artwork will be featured at Lynnhaven Mall. Now in its 11th year, "The Art of Being a Military Child" showcases students' artistic interpretations of what it means to be a military dependent, including deployments, transitions, patriotism, family and school. It is the culmination of a contest open to all VBCPS students to which more than 700 art entries were submitted.
On-Time Graduation Rate
Beginning with the students who entered the ninth grade in 2004-05, Virginia began tracking individual students over the four years of a traditional high school career to determine the percentage who graduate on time. The On-Time Graduation Rate was prompted by a 2005 National Governors Association (NGA) task force report that recommended all states adopt a graduation rate to measure on-time graduation, with most students expected to earn a diploma in four years.
The Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate is calculated this way: The number of students who earned a diploma in 2008 will be divided by the number of students who entered the ninth grade for the first time in 2004-05 (plus transfers in and minus transfers out). To help our community understand the significance of the On-Time Graduation Rate, a question and answer fact sheet has been developed.
Question and Answer Fact Sheet
How many different ways does the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) calculate graduation rates?
The VDOE reports the Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate, the Graduation & Completion Index, the Virginia Federal Graduation Indicator and the Virginia Unadjusted Graduation Rate.
- New PanelWhat is different about the On-Time method of calculation versus the other ways the state calculates graduation rates?
- Why did the nation’s governors feel an on-time graduation rate was important? What are the benefits of reporting graduation rates this way?
- Why couldn’t Virginia provide the On-Time Graduation rate in the past?
- What about students who take longer than four years to graduate?
- How are students who graduate early included in the Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate?