FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, October 17, 2017
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CPS Office of Communications
The White House today announced that students across the nation achieved a record high graduation rate of 83.2 percent for the 2014-15 School Year (SY14-15). As in many other academic achievements, Chicago Public Schools students are outpacing their peers with a graduation rate that is growing more than three times faster than the national rate.
In fact, even as the national achievement gap narrowed, CPS students also outpaced their peers. Nationally, the graduation rate for African American students grew 7.6 points, while CPS’ analogous rate went up 12.6 points. The national rate for Hispanic students went up 6.8 points, while CPS’ analogous rate went up 14.3 points.
CPS CEO Forrest Claypool issued the following statement on the White House’s announcement:
“Chicago Public Schools is elated to see the tremendous growth in the national graduation rate, especially because Chicago students are leading the way, improving at more than three times the national rate. Chicago is on the forefront of improving the graduation rate and opening up opportunities to more students because of proven investments in keeping students on track from the moment they set foot in a high school. We congratulate every person in Chicago who helped our students outpace their peers around the country, but especially the teachers and principals who are dedicated to their success.”