Caroline County Public Schools Graduation Rate Out Performs State & Maryland's 24 Public School Districts

The Maryland State Department of Education released Maryland four-year cohort graduation rates for 2015 on February 15.

Caroline County Public Schools' four-year cohort graduation rate increased from 6.78% from 81.94%in 2014 to 88.72% in 2015. This is the highest four-year cohort graduation rate increase throughout Maryland's twenty-four public school systems. Maryland moved to the cohort graduation rate six years ago, which follows a set group of students from freshman year through their senior year.

Additionally, Caroline County Public Schools' disaggregated four-year graduation rate increased in each disaggregated group as illustrated in the table below from 2014 to 2015.

Disaggregated Group 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Black/African American 85.94% 73.13% 72.58% 83.10% 69.84% 64.89%
Hispanic/Latino 77.14% 76.00% 81.82% 77.27% 69.57% 66.67%
White 90.56% 84.59% 86.82% 89.01% 82.58% 80.00%
Two or More Races 90.91% 80.00% 75.00% 83.33% 78.57% 92.31%
All Special Services 78.95% 66.67% 72.41% 66.67% 54.84% 46.15%
Spec Ed 69.23% 58.62% 58.14% 61.11% 50.00% 45.95%
FARMS (Free & Reduced Meals) 82.93% 73.80% 73.76% 81.01% 69.90% 64.22%

"Such an increase in graduation rate, within one year, can be attributed to the hard work and commitment of our students, teachers and parents, " said Superintendent John D. Ewald. "Additionally, the resources provided to our schools including a rigorous curriculum, ongoing staff support of teachers and students within our schools and authentic and ongoing professional learning opportunities for our teachers played a critical role in such impressive levels of student achievement."