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Halifax County on-time graduation rate is close to state average

SoVaNow.com / October 02, 2017

Halifax County’s on-time graduation rate of 91.3 percent is in line with the statewde average, with the vast majority of county students in all subgroups earning diplomas four years after they enter high school.

The exception to the rule is the county’s small cohort of Hispanic students, who had an on-time graduation rate of only 58.3 percent.

Virginia’s on-time graduation rate for the Class of 2017 was 91.1 percent, according to a Virginia Department of Education report this week on the most recent data. Last year, Virginia’s on-time graduation rate last year was 91.3 percent.

“The long-term trend is far more important than a temporary plateau or a year-to-year fluctuation,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said. “And when you look at the long-term trend for Virginia, you see a ten-point improvement in the graduation rate since 2008 as a result of a system-wide focus on keeping students in school and improving outcomes.” In the past ten years in Halifax County, average on-time graduation (four years after entering high school) has dropped slightly, from 92.4 percent in 2008 to 91.3 percent in 2017. The county’s dropout rate has inched up over that same period, from 4.8 percent in 2008 to 5.5 percent in 2017. The highest dropout rates in Halifax County, by subgroup, belonged to Hispanic students (41.7 percent), economically disadvantaged groups (between 8 and 9 percent) and students with disabilities (8.2 percent). Of the 379 county students who comprised the Class of 2013, only 12 were Hispanic. Halifax County had 140 students in the Class of 2017 who earned Advanced Studies Diplomas, the state’s most rigorous degree for high schoolers. The 37 percent of the student body that earned the Advanced Studies Diploma was below the state average of 52.2 percent. Another 183 students received Standard Diplomas, while Special Diplomas were issued to another 23 members of the county’s most recent graduating class. On-time graduation rates in Halifax County by gender, race and ethnicity are as follows:

All students (379): 91.3 percent Female (180 students): 93.3 percent Male (199 students): 89.4 percent Black (175 students): 90.3 percent Hispanic (12 students): 58.3 percent White (189 students): 94.2 percent

Halifax County’s on-time graduation rate lagged slightly behind the rates for Mecklenburg County (92.7 percent), Pittsylvania County (91.9 percent) and Campbell County (92.8 percent) but it exceeded the averages for Charlotte County (87 percent) and the City of Danville (77.2 percent).

Of Virginia’s 330 high schools with reportable graduation rates, 193 achieved graduation rates equal to or higher than the state rate of 91.1 percent. The dropout rates of 214 high schools were equal to or lower than the statewide rate of 5.8 percent.

Since 2011, high schools have had to meet an annual benchmark for graduation and completion to earn full accreditation under Virginia’s Standards of Learning accountability program. Schools receive full credit for students who earn diplomas and partial credit for students who remain enrolled, earn GEDs or otherwise complete high school.

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