The District recently announced a graduation rate of 69.4 percent for SY 13-14. This is a record high for CPS, and represents the largest two-year gain in District history.
“The record graduation rate is the product of teachers, administrators and families who have shown a firm and unyielding commitment to the children of Chicago,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. We have more work to do, and we will continue to invest in our next generation to ensure they have access to a high-quality education that prepares them for success in college, career and life.”
Two years ago, 61.2 percent of CPS students graduated high school. The year before, that number was just 58 percent. This year’s results continue a consistent upward trend, as does last year’s percentage of freshman (82 percent) who are on track to graduate in 2017.
“Across the District, we continue to see progress that suggests the serious commitment we are making to students is paying off,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. “We will not be satisfied until all of our students are graduating, but by working to ensure that all freshmen are on track to graduate, we continue to drive student success in an encouraging upward direction.”
The jump in graduation rate is the latest in a slew of positive data. CPS students also achieved District-high ACT scores, saw 57.2 percent of high school graduates enroll in college, and increased attendance rates in grades K-12 to 93.2 percent. Students in grades 2-8 also showed gains in both reading and math on the NWEA assessment, with 8th-graders outpacing the national average.
“When educators, families and partners work together to support our students, there is no limit to what they can achieve,” said CEO Byrd-Bennett. “This data shows that students continue to make meaningful progress in our goal for every child to be 100 percent college ready and college bound.”