Jan. 28, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information:
Lisa Pinto, npinto@jeffco.k12.co.us, Jeffco Public Schools, 303-982-6851

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JEFFCO GRAD RATES RISE, WHILE DROP OUT RATE DECLINES
Jeffco Schools has seen a 4.8 percent increase in graduation rates over the last five years. High school graduation rose 4.7 percentage points and option and special schools saw a 10.5 percentage increase. Charter school rates rose by 5.4 points.

Year

# of graduates

Graduation rate

# of dropouts

Dropout rate

2013-14

5, 305

82.9

698

1.6

2012-13

5,292

81.5

710

1.7

2011-12

5,499

81.4

853

2.0

Jeffco's dropout rate continues to decline due to the hard work of the district's Student Engagement Office. This office works to connect students and families to educational, social and community supports that prepare them for a successful future. Jeffco teachers also deserve praise for these results.

"To have these types of improvements really takes the whole system working together, counselors, principals and teachers, they are the ones who are working directly with these students every day to keep them in school," said Dave Kollar, director of the Office of Student Engagement. "Their work is what makes us look good."

Other points of pride from this year's data include improvements in the on-time graduation rate. High schools increased by .4 percentage points, options and special schools increased by 7.1 percentage points, along with charters that saw a 4.7 percentage point increase.

"It's encouraging to see these positive trends," said Superintendent Dan McMinimee. "The graduation data is reflective of every school's work to engage and motivate students and that is due to our teachers, counselors, administrators and support teams. They keep our students engaged and find solutions to challenging situations for our most at-risk students."

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