Nearly nine out of 10 public school students in Virginia graduated on time last spring, the governor’s office announced Tuesday.
The four-year graduation rate — 89 percent — was about the same as last year, but most school districts in Northern Virginia saw improvements.
“The old saying remains true: to get a great job you need a great education,” said Gov. Robert McDonnell (R) in a press release.“More and more Virginia students are putting in the hard work, and getting that education. I applaud our students, parents, and teachers for making this progress possible.”
Of the students who entered high school in 2009, 49.7 percent earned a more rigorous Advanced Studies Diploma compared with 48.6 percent the year before, and 35.7 percent earned a Standard Diploma compared to 36.3 percent for the previous class. Just under 4 percent earned a Modified Standard or Special diploma for students with disabilities.
On-time graduation has increased by about 8 points since 2008, the first year the state began calculation graduation rates in a new way. In that time, the graduation rate has risen 10 points for black students and 12 points for Hispanic students.