Thanks to the hard work of CPS students and educators, as well as the many investments that have been made to improve District schools, the graduation rate for high school students has reached a record high of 65.4 percent.
This number exceeds projections from last spring and is an increase of more than 3 percentage points from 2012. Moreover, it is a huge leap from a decade ago when only 44 percent of CPS students graduated high school.
“As a city, we all have a shared responsibility to empower our children through education, and this graduation rate is a testament to our hard working students, educators, administrators and community,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. “While we are encouraged by this year’s graduation rate, CPS will continue to work in partnership with parents and school communities to increase attendance and create safe, positive learning environments for every child regardless of where they live.”
In addition to their record-breaking graduation rate, CPS’ Class of 2013 received $400 million in scholarships. This success was due in large part to the District’s consistent investment in quality education standards, including the Full School Day and a rigorous curriculum tied to Common Core State Standards. CPS will build on the momentum of its success by further investing in these and other programs and by increasing access to Early Childhood Education, establishing a seven-hour school day for all kindergarten students, and expanding STEM and IB programs in schools throughout the city.
“This year’s high school graduation rate is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our students, teachers, principals and parents who stayed focused, engaged and energized around the importance of finishing high school,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “We will continue to make critical investments in our students and their learning, because while the results are good, we still have a ways to go to ensure that every child has access to a quality education that will maximize his or her unlimited potential.”