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Mass. Outside Top 10 for Graduation Rate, Tewksbury Above State Average

Massachusetts had an adjusted graduation rate of 83 percent for the 2010-2011 school year, while Tewksbury High and Shawsheen Tech's adjusted graduation rates that year were much higher.

Massachusetts didn't make the top 10 high school graduation rates in the nation, according to preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Education last week, but Tewksbury schools have a higher graduation rate than the state average.

The graduation rates released last week are for the 2010-2011 school year—the first year for which all states used a common, adjusted four-year cohort graduation rate, according to a U.S. Department of Education press release.

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) spokesman JC Considine told Patch in an e-mail that Massachusetts has been computing cohort graduation rates since 2006, which are available on the DESE website.

According to the preliminary state-reported data, for the 2010-2011 school year Massachusetts had a four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate of 83 percent, which ties for 11th highest in the nation with six other states. Iowa had the highest rate at 88 percent. (See the PDF attached to this article for full results.)

Meanwhile, according to the DESE website, for the 2010-2011 school year Tewksbury Memorial High School had a four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate of 90.7 and Shawsheen Technical High School had a rate of 97.7 percent.

The new common methodology eliminates the problem of comparing graduation rates between states that use varying calculation methods, according to the U.S. Department of Education press release, and meets the requirements of federal regulations instituted in October 2008.

The new graduation rate measurement also accurately accounts for students who drop out or who do not earn a regular high school diploma, the press release said.

"By using this new measure, states will be more honest in holding schools accountable and ensuring that students succeed," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in the press release. "Ultimately, these data will help states target support to ensure more students graduate on time, college and career ready."

Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville told the Boston Globe that comparisons between states still present challenges due to varying graduation standards.

Final rates are expected to be released in the coming months.

Tewksbury2001 November 30, 2012 at 02:33 PM
How can this not be 100%? What are these kids doing that don't graduate?
Joe Bill December 01, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Someone needs to man the stripper poles and collect the trash.
Make A Difference December 02, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Nothing because just like when you become an adult, people are willing to help you, but you can only make so much of an effort. Then you say "well if this kid doesn't want to be here that is his or hers choice." and you can't blame the school for that. They are already doing enough by supplying the children with an education. The parents/guardians have to support them too. Teachers and administrators already do enough half the time. A lot of the teachers were friends of ours and we came to them for advice that we didn't go to our parents for. So when you ask these questions don't think to blame the school because more often than not they are trying the best they can. It is the parent/guardian that needs to be more involved. (and parents don't go jumping down my throat because yes i am generalizing on both sides but i don't think i need to explain how obviously a lot of parents are involved and the schools do make mistakes. so don't argue that with me)

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