November 1st, 2012 by WCBC Radio
Allegany County Public School students are receiving diplomas at the highest rate in recent history, according to data released on October 31, 2012, by the Allegany County Board of Education. Additionally, all students in Allegany County met the HSA graduation requirement.
Last year, Maryland moved to the cohort graduation rate, which follows a set group of students from their freshman through senior years, better tracking their progress. The four-year cohort graduation rate jumped almost a full percentage point between 2010 and 2011, from 87.21% to 87.91%. Both rates surpass the State’s graduation rates by 5.24% in 2010 and by 5.09% in 2011. Four-year cohort data for 2012 will be available next year, after summer data collections are finalized.
Data disaggregated by student subgroups finds mixed success. Four-year cohort graduation rates for African American, two or more races, Special Education, and FARMs fell behind the rate of the total group. The 2011 graduation rate for the African American subgroup was 82.14%, while the graduation rate for students in the two or more races subgroup was 81.82%. The graduation rate for Special Education students was 69.62% and was 85.02% for FARMs students.