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Allegany County Public School graduation rates jumping

February 12th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

A higher percentage of Allegany County Public School students are crossing the stage to receive their high school diplomas than at any other time in the State’s history, according to data released on Friday, February 12, 2016, by the Maryland State Department of Education.  As the graduation rate sets new records, the dropout rate has reached an all-time low.

“I am very proud of our students, teachers, and all of our staff who support the deliberate and focused efforts to increase our graduation rate by working individually with students to support them to be successful,” said Dr. David Cox, Allegany County Superintendent of Schools.

The four-year cohort graduation rate reached 92.06% in 2015 – 4.85 points better than the 87.21% rate registered in 2010.  The graduation rate jumped .55 percentage points over 2014, from 91.51%. 


Most student subgroups saw improvement in graduation rates between 2014 and 2015, although gaps in the numbers persist:


  • Four-year cohort graduation rates for African American and White students improved, while graduation rates for Asian and Hispanic students reached 100%.


  • The graduation rate for African American students has jumped from 80.49% in 2010 to 90.63% in 2015. 


  • Among students receiving special services, the four-year cohort graduation rate rose in one of three categories. Specifically, special education students improved from 67.89% in 2014 to 78.67% in 2015.



Six years ago, Maryland moved to the cohort graduation rate, which follows a set group of students from freshman year through their senior year.  The four-year cohort graduation rate has improved every year since. Simultaneously, the dropout rate has been in steady decline.  ACPS dropout rate, which stood at 10.36% in 2010, dropped to 6.94% in 2015.

The new high school and system data will be available on the website.

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