Watervliet High School 2014 graduation rate rises
Jan. 5, 2015
Overall high school graduation rates in New York state rose slightly in 2014 to 76.4 percent, according to a report released by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) in December. The figure, a measure of graduation rates for students who entered ninth grade in 2010 and graduated in 2014, is a 1.5 percent increase from last year.
The data shows a graduation rate of 78 percent for Watervliet High School for 2014, which is a 12 percentage point increase from the 2013 graduation rate of 66 percent. Thirteen percent of Watervliet students earned a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation, a 3 percent increase from 2013. In addition, 45 percent of the district’s students with disabilities graduated in four years.
NYSED officials called the statewide increase in graduation rates “encouraging,” yet noted that even among the students who graduate in four years, only 38 percent performed at the college-ready level in English and math, an academic readiness marker known as the Aspirational Performance Measure (APM). Similarly, only 31 percent of graduates state wide earned the Advanced Regents Diploma.
For Watervliet High School, 21 percent of students who graduated in 2014 were college-ready according to the APM and 13 percent of students earned a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation.
“We are pleased that the number of students graduating in four years has increased,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lori Caplan. “Even so, it is clear that additional work is needed to bring the numbers up further and ensure more students graduate from our schools college and career ready.” Dr. Caplan also noted that the graduation rate increase reflects the effort and commitment of teachers and instructional support staff to educate and inspire the district’s students.
The report’s findings underscored that while graduation rates for all districts have increased over the past five years, the performance gap between high-need and low-need districts remains nearly unchanged, at approximately 30 percentage points. More than 94 percent of students from low-need districts graduated compared to only 66 percent of students from high-need urban and suburban districts.
The Board of Regents is expected to vote in January on new regulations that would allow students to replace an existing Regents requirement for graduation with exams in one of five pathways, including the humanities, STEM, Career and Technical Education, the arts or bi-literacy.
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