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June 30, 2013

Graduation gains

Local districts surpass state average


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”In the past, we’d drop kids when they stopped showing up to school, now we keep them for up to six years,” Movalli said. “We keep in touch, instead of just dropping them.”

It might take longer, but more students are earning diplomas, Movalli said. About 7.8 percent of the 2012 class were still enrolled in school, the state said. Another 1 percent graduated in August 2012.

Lockport also uses credit recovery, which allows a student to retake an exam they failed instead of retaking an entire class. There are also online courses students can take to earn the credit they need, but those courses are only available on the school’s computers in the library. That’s so teachers can monitor the students.

Barker saw 93.9 percent of its 82 kids in the 2008 cohort graduate in June 2012. Roughly 51.2 percent graduated with an advanced Regents diploma. Just under 5 percent are still enrolled.

The state reported that 87.5 percent of 158 Newfane students graduated last June. About 31.6 percent earned an advanced Regents diploma, while 47.5 percent earned a standard Regents diploma. Less than a percent, about .6, dropped out of school in the 2008 cohort. Twelve percent are still enrolled, the state said.

Royalton-Hartland saw 78.9 percent of the 128 kids in the 2012 class graduate, which featured 25.8 percent earning an advanced Regents diploma and 49.2 percent earning a standard Regents diploma. The district’s dropout rate increased to 10.2 percent, however.

About 85.9 percent of Starpoint’s 2012 class graduated, a cohort of 248 kids, 38.7 percent with an advanced Regents. Only 4.8 percent dropped out of school.

Roughly 85.2 percent of the 115 Wilson students in the 2008 cohort graduated with a diploma in June 2012. About 9.6 percent dropped out, while 37.4 percent graduated with an advanced Regents diploma.




Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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