I am pleased to announce that last year's state record of an 87.2 percent graduation rate is 4.5 points higher than five years ago and 4.9 points higher than the national average.
The graduation rate in struggling school districts, known as Alliance Districts, has risen 6.4 percentage points since 2011 to 77.6 percent last year. In the 10 lowest performing Alliance Districts, known as the Educational Reform districts, the graduate rate went up 8 points to 71.6 percent during that same period.
It is also important to note that over the past five years, the graduation rate for our high needs students across the state, which includes English learners, those eligible for free or reduced price lunch, and students receiving special education services, has jumped 11.2 points. Last year, high needs students increased again to 76.1 percent.
Four-year cohort graduation rates by state, district and school are available on the Connecticut State Department of Education’s new data portal, EdSight.
As graduation rates rise, I will continue to advocate for an increased investment and focus on education.