CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia students are graduating from high school at a greater percentage than those across the nation, according to Diplomas Count 2010: Graduation by the Numbers, Putting Data to Work for Student Success.
The report, released on Thursday, shows that more than 71 percent of students in West Virginia received their high school diplomas in 2007, compared to a national graduation rate of about 69 percent.
More than 68 percent of males in the state received their diplomas in 2007, compared to the national rate of only 66 percent. More than 75 percent of West Virginia females received their diplomas in 2007, compared to the national rate of 72 percent.
“Even though West Virginia exceeds the national graduation average, we will not rest,” said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “In the 21st century it is no longer enough for a student to graduate with knowledge in the core subjects. We know that these core subjects must be joined by content of the 21st century so that students can succeed in college and the workplace.”
Diplomas Count is published annually by the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center and Education Week, a national education magazine. Diplomas Count 2010 shows a 10 year graduation trend from 1997 to 2007.
Diplomas Count estimated graduation rates across the nation based on the Cumulative Promotion Index. In addition, the fifth edition of the Diplomas Count report explores how the innovative use of data is driving change in school systems across the country.
For the full “Diplomas Count 2010” report, visit www.edweek.org or contact the West Virginia Department of Education’s Communications Office at (304) 558-2699.
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