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BVSD’s On-Time Graduation Rate Rises While District’s Low Dropout Rate Holds Steady

BVSD leads in on-time graduation rates among state’s 20 largest districts

​BOULDER-- Boulder Valley School District’s class of 2016 continued an upward trend in district on-time graduation performance, posting a rate of 92.5%, nearly 15 points higher than the overall state rate of 78.9%. On-time graduation is defined as applying to high school students who graduate within four years.

BVSD’s on-time rate for 2016 represents a slight increase from the 2015 on-time graduation rate of 92.3% and a 7.8 point increase since 2010. Figures from earlier years are not comparable, due to differences in the state’s calculation method for 2009 and earlier. BVSD, Colorado’s eighth largest school district in enrollment, has the highest on-time graduation rate of the 20 largest school districts in Colorado.  

“For nearly a decade, BVSD has made increasing on-time graduation rates while also reducing dropout rates a high priority,” stated BVSD Superintendent Bruce Messinger. “In keeping with the Success Effect, BVSD’s long-term strategic plan, school board members, administrators, teachers, families and community have strongly supported this work which has helped graduation rates rise nearly eight points in six years and our dropout rate fall to well under one percent,” he added.

A breakdown of Colorado Department of Education (CDE) data for BVSD in 2016 shows that on-time graduation rates increased for students in BVSD’s three largest racial/ethnic groups: Latino students, 82.5% (+1.1 point), Asian students, 98.6% (+2.3 points), and White students, 94.6% (increase of 0.3 percentage points). On-time graduation rates also improved for students with disabilities, 76.8% (+6.2 points), Limited English Proficient students, 84.2% (+3.0 points), Gifted and Talented students, 97.7% (+1.6 points) and males, 90.6% (+1.1 points).

Graduation rates declined for economically disadvantaged students, 80.2% (-2.0 points), females, 94.3% (-0.8 points), homeless students, 63.8% (-6.6 points), and students of two or more races, 89.9% (-1.8 points). However, it is worth noting that these groups in BVSD outperformed their respective group’s statewide average performance by a substantial margin, with most outperforming the overall state class of 2016 in on-time graduation rate. A similar pattern held for dropout rates.  

2016 dropout rates for district students in grades 7-12 held steady at 0.6%. This puts BVSD at almost one quarter of the statewide dropout average of 2.3%. Dropout rates improved for BVSD Latino students, reaching 1.5% in 2015-16, down from 1.8%, and for students with disabilities, who dropped out at a rate of 1.0%, down from 1.4% in 2014-15. Dropout rates increased for Limited English Proficient students, 1.1% (+0.2 points), economically disadvantaged students, 1.5% (+0.4 points), homeless students 4.4% (+3.9 points), Asian students, 0.3% (+0.3 points).

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