District graduation rate bests state average

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The Williamsburg-James City County School Division graduated 92.3 percent of its students in the class of 2017, besting the state average of 91.1 percent.

According to data from the Virginia Department of Education, Warhill graduated the highest percentage of its students at 93.2 percent. Jamestown and Lafayette followed at 93.1 and 90.5 percent, respectively.

District-wide, 93.5 percent of girls graduated, a bit more often than boys (91.2 percent).

Jamestown graduated just 68 percent of its Hispanic students, less than Lafayette (84.2 percent) and Warhill (100 percent).

“Earning a high school diploma is an achievement that affects the rest of a student’s life,” said Assistant Superintendent Jeffrey Carroll. “We are very proud of the W-JCC students who earned a diploma or completed the GED, and we will continue our efforts to raise our graduation rate and lower our dropout rate.”

As the previous academic year was ending, district staff scrambled to make sure students had the credits needed.

“In W-JCC, each high school’s team of dedicated staff members enhanced their efforts to identify and advocate for any student who was projected to be short of credits for graduation,” he said.

Past years

Here’s the four-year graduation rate percentage for the district in past years:

2016: 91.6

2015: 90.9

2014: 90.5

2013: 89

2012: 88.9

SAT scores

The state also released data on SAT scores. Virginia’s public school mean of 1,095 — comprised only of the required section on the college admissions test — was 51 points higher than the nationwide average.

Jamestown students averaged a 1,156 on the SAT, Warhill a 1,117, and Lafayette students averaged 1,103 points.

Their scores include the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, as well as Math portions of the test.

“Virginia students begin this new SAT trend line achieving at levels well above their peers nationwide,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said in a statement. “Our challenge moving forward is to narrow — and ultimately close — the achievement gaps evident in these results and make sure all of our students are college and career ready when they complete high school.

Wright can be reached by phone at 757-345-2343.

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