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Woburn Above State Average Graduation Rate

But how does Woburn's graduation rate compare to other communities nearby?

 

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 on Monday, but Woburn Memorial High School does have a higher graduation rate than the state average.

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 Woburn Memorial High School had a four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate of 88.1 percent. Of those who did not graduate, 2.5 percent are still in school, 2.8 percent earned a GED and 5 percent dropped out. 

Local Graduation Rate Percentages

Community Grad. Rate (%) Reading 98.2 Belmont 97.4 Arlington 97.0 Lexington 96.2 Winchester 95.7 Wakefield 95.6 Burlington 95.5 North Reading 95.2 N.E. Reg. Voke 94.8 Melrose 94.4 Wilmington 94.2 Stoneham 92.2 Billerica 88.3 Woburn 88.1 Massachusetts  83

The city of Revere's Seacoast School had the lowest graduation rate according to the state at 8.3 percent. It was followed by: Lawrence School for Exceptional Studies (9.1), Springfield Academy of Excellence (14.3) and the Horace Mann School for the Deaf in Boston (18.2). 

 

Where do the numbers come from? 

The graduation rates released Monday 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.

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.

Keith November 28, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Stay in school, young people of Woburn. Without a minimum of at least a high school diploma, your future will be clouded indefinitely. We can improve these numbers with additional effort on the part of parents and guardians, but this is not to underestimate the degree of difficulty involved. Stay in school, it's the best time of our lives, seriously.

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