Three out of four Dallas ISD high school students now graduate in four years
The percentage of Dallas ISD students graduating in four years increased by seven percentage points for the Class of 2010, according to figures released to the district by the Texas Education Agency. The gain for the Class of 2010 is larger than the gains made by the three previous graduating classes combined. As of 2010, three out of four Dallas ISD students are graduating in four years.
The new figures show that the percentage of Dallas ISD students graduating in four years has increased by more than 12 percentage points since uniform federal criteria was adopted in 2008.
Dallas ISD’s four-year graduation rate for the Class of 2010 reached 74.6 percent, up from 67.6 for the Class of 2009. The four-year graduation rate for 2007 in Dallas ISD was 62.5 percent.
Statewide, the percentage of students graduating in four years increased 3.7 percent, suggesting that Dallas ISD helped push statewide figures upward and that the district is closing the achievement gap compared to other students in the state of Texas.
Gains in Dallas ISD were made in every ethnic group. The percentage of Hispanic students graduating in four years went up 9.2 percent to 75.7, followed by an increase for African-American students by 4.4 percent (up to 71.6 percent). The percentage of Anglo students graduating in four years increased 2.5 percent to 80 percent.
During the last four years, the four-year graduation rate for Hispanic students has increased 15.9 percent, while the four-year graduation rate for African-American students has risen 8.1 percent.
In addition, the district’s completion rate, which factors in students who graduate in summer school or are enrolled in the subsequent year, increased by 5.7 percent, bringing Dallas ISD’s completion rate to 86.1 percent, the highest percentage since the completion rate was first calculated.
“This is better than expected news and it took a lot of work to get to this point,” said Interim Superintendent of Schools Alan King. “Every group affiliated with Dallas ISD deserves credit, starting with the board of trustees to principals, teachers, staff, parents, students and many volunteers and partners.”
The graduation rate figures are in line with the recent increase in the number of graduates from Dallas ISD schools. The number of graduates has increased each of the last four years. It is expected that the number of students who will graduate from Dallas ISD schools in 2011 will top 7,000 for the first time since the Class of 1983, 28 years ago. The Class of 2011 will increase the graduation rate once again when figures are released next year.
“The board has been consistent for several years in directing the administration to focus on getting students prepared for college and the work place,” said Lew Blackburn, president of the Board of Trustees. “Students can’t be successful if they don’t finish high school so this progress is especially noteworthy. There is still plenty of work to be done but this news again indicates that the district is making progress academically.”
Blackburn said there is no one reason why graduation rates have improved.
“There is a combination of factors. The collaborative planning time for secondary teachers, which unfortunately had to be cut out of next year’s budget, has been very important, as has been the opening of the early college high schools in the last few years,” said Blackburn. “Consistency of leadership, particularly at the high school level, combined with a very dedicated staff is also a major factor. The board is committed to retaining and supporting the best principals and teachers in our classrooms.”
Final figures will not be released by TEA until the end of July. Charts and raw data are attached.