GDOE: More high school students are graduating

SUPPORTERS: Friends and relatives join Okkodo High School's Class of 2019 during a commencement ceremony at the University of Guam Calvo Field House in Mangilao in June 2019. The class had 330 graduates. Guam Department of Education officials, on Wednesday, said graduation rates for school year 2018-2019 is the highest in nine years. Post file photo

A higher percentage of public school students graduated this year compared to 2011, according to Guam Department of Education officials. 

The graduation rate reached a nine-year high of 86.8% for school year 2018-2019. This exceeds GDOE’s State Strategic Plan goal of reaching an 80% graduation rate by 2020.

School year 2017-2018 had a graduation rate of 84.5%. That’s an increase of 2.3%.

School year 2010-2011 had a graduation rate of 69%.

The graduation rate is calculated by looking at the number of students who started as freshmen in high school and how many of the students in that class graduated four years later. There are adjustments that have to be made as students separate from a school or a school system or join the school system.

“We have made concerted efforts over the past decade to provide greater supports for all students, to identify and provide interventions to at-risk students, and to also form alternative education opportunities for those dedicated to completing their high school education, but who may be struggling with real-world challenges at home,” GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez stated.

GDOE also has been working with the University of Guam, Guam Community College, and Guam Contractors Association Trades Academy to provide more opportunities for students to graduate with college credits or industry certifications, Fernandez said.

“We are excited to see that these efforts are paying off and that a larger number of students are reaching the milestone of high school graduation, and will be better positioned to become productive members of our society,” he added. 

The superintendent will provide details on the graduation rate for the district and the rates for individual high schools, along with other information related to public education in the Annual State of Public Education Report. The report will be published on the GDOE website on Oct. 30.

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