The Jeffco Schools on-time graduation rate climbed to 81.4 percent in 2012, an increase of 2.3 percent over 2011.
Jeffco Schools continues to outpace the state average, which was 75.4 percent in 2012.
Graduation rates also improved in Jeffco’s neighborhood high schools, to 88.3 percent in 2012. The 2011 rate was 86 percent for neighborhood high schools.
Jeffco’s overall rate of 81.4 percent includes the district’s options and charter schools, including schools with the state’s Alternative Education Campus designation. More than 95 percent of students at AEC schools “are considered at high risk of dropping out,” according to the Colorado Department of Education.
“These results show that the hard work our schools have been doing is the right work,” said Superintendent Cindy Stevenson. “It’s important to acknowledge that preparation for graduation starts in preschool and kindergarten, where children make connections with adults who care about their success.”
Jeffco Schools was one of 120 districts to meet the state’s expectations that 80 percent of students graduate in four years. Sixty-five percent of Colorado school districts met the state’s on-time graduation rate expectation in 2012.
Graduation rates for all Colorado school districts in 2010, 2011 and 2012 are posted on the CDE website. Data from previous years is not comparable because a different method was used to calculate graduation rates before 2010.