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Anne Arundel County Public Schools' graduation rate hits new record

Posted at 1:58 PM, Mar 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-27 13:58:46-04

Anne Arundel County Public Schools says they are happy with their own 'report card' after new data shows they have reached a record graduation rate for the Class of 2018.

In addition to breaking their own record, the Maryland Department of Education says Anne Arundel County Public Schools also have the highest graduation rate among the state's four largest jurisdictions.

AACPS' graduation rate rose to 89.2 percent, a .67 percent increase from the year before, and a full percentage point higher than the state average.

“These results validate the investment that employees at every level of our school system make in the lives of students across our county every day,” Superintendent George Arlotto said. “They also show us the hard work that remains to be done to close gaps among student groups. We are making progress, and remain dedicated to accomplishing that mission.”

The data shows that the rise in graduation rates stems from significant increases at Arundel (3.08 percent), Northeast (2.95 percent), Severna Park (2.81 percent), and North County (2.54 percent) high schools.

Among student groups, the county saw significant increases from special education students (4.16 percent), Asian students (2.90 percent), Hispanic/Latino students (2.77 percent), English Language Learners (2.09 percent), and students receiving free and reduced-price meals (1.80 percent).

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