SPRINGFIELD — The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has released its 2017 graduation and drop-out data, and Springfield Public Schools continue to see improvement.
The district’s graduation rate rose 8.1 percentage points in one year, going from 68.8 percent to 76.9 percent.
“The gains we have made are absolutely astonishing,” Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick said in a prepared statement. “Year after year, the trend continues to move in the right direction. The data is a testament to the fortitude, determination and dedication of our students and staff. I’m so proud that we continue to make significant progress.”
Officials said the graduation rate has now increased 20.3 percentage points since 2012. Comparatively, the state saw an increase of 3.6 points in the graduation rate during that time.
Some highlights of the report:
•gains for English Language Learners, who were graduating at a rate of 34.8 percent in 2012, increased from 57.9 percent in 2016 to 63.8 in 2017;
•low income student graduation rates went from 68.1 percent in 2016 to 76.9 percent in 2017.
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