Loudoun’s Graduation Rate Slips

While Loudoun County still boasts one of the highest graduation rates in the state, its performance dipped slightly in the past year.

The on-time graduation rate for the class of 2016 was 95.9 percent, with 4,953 students graduating high school in four years. That is down a touch, from 96.5 percent—or 4,676 Loudoun students—who graduated on time in 2015.

The only race cohort that saw improvements was among Asian students, where the graduation rate increased from 97.6 percent to 98.4 percent this year. Ninety-eight percent of white students graduated on time (down from 98.7), 96.4 percent of black students (down from 96.9) and 86.1 percent of Hispanic students (down from 87.3).

The class of 2016 did earn more advanced studies diplomas than the previous class, totaling 3,655, up by 225 from 2015.

Loudoun’s rates across the board are better than the state average. The graduation rate for all Virginia students who entered the ninth grade in 2012 was 91.3 percent, according to figures released by the Virginia Department of Education on Wednesday.

In a prepared statement, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe highlighted the fact that, overall, the commonwealth’s on-time graduation rate improved by 0.8 percent over last year.

“The success demonstrated by our students is a testament to the resolve of teachers, administrators, parents, and community leaders across the Commonwealth to ensure that every individual gets the best possible education,” McAuliffe said. “We have the best schools and the best teachers in Virginia and the increased graduation rate highlights our educators’ and students’ dedication and hard work across the Commonwealth.

dnadler@loudounnow.com

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