FCPS Maintains High On-Time Graduation Rate

News Release
October 08, 2019

For the second straight year, more than nine out of ten Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) high school students earned a diploma within four years, according to graduation reports released today by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). More than three out of five of these students earned Advanced Studies Diplomas. 


Graduation reports released from the VDOE today indicate that 91.3 percent of FCPS students from the class of 2019 graduated on time, compared to 91.5 percent in 2018. 


The graduation rate is nearly identical despite an overall increase of nearly 400 additional students earned diplomas for the class of 2019 (13,647 up from 13,259 in 2018). FCPS continues to outpace the state for students earning Advanced Studies Diplomas, with 60.8 percent compared to 51.5 percent for the Commonwealth as a whole. Additionally, FCPS consistently bests Virginia for graduation rates among students in the Asian, Black, White, and Students with Disabilities reporting groups, though the Commonwealth outranks FCPS for graduation rates among students in the Hispanic, Economically Disadvantaged, and English Learner reporting groups. 
“We are pleased to maintain the high on-time graduation rate,” said Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand. “We continue to outpace the state graduation rate among students in the Asian, Black, White and Students with Disabilities reporting groups. We will continue to provide additional resources and supports to students to help them achieve success and graduate on time.”


Areas of success in reducing achievement gaps are evident for the FCPS class of 2019.
•    Graduation rate gains for the Hispanic student group (74.6 percent, up from 74.0 percent) and English Learner student group (67.7 percent, up from 67.2 percent); 
•    Elevated rates of awarded Advanced Studies Diplomas for the Black student group (46.6 percent up from 45.6 percent) and Students with Disabilities student group (16.8 percent up from 16.1 percent); and
•    Reduction in the dropout rate for the Hispanic student group (22.9 percent down from 23.6 percent) and Students with Disabilities student group (6.7 percent down from 7.1 percent). 
Despite these improvements, FCPS is committed investing continued attention and resources to proactively support students who may experience challenges with graduating on time.
For the 14,495 students in the FCPS class of 2019, graduation outcomes are reported as follows:
•    9,092 students—or 60.8 percent—earned rigorous Advanced Studies Diplomas or International Baccalaureate Diplomas;
•    4,555 students—or 30.5 percent—earned Standard Diplomas, Modified Standard Diplomas, or Applied Studies Diplomas;
•    39 students—or 0.3 percent—completed a High School Equivalency (HSE)/General Equivalency Diploma (GED);
•    1,103—or 7.4 percent—were recorded as dropouts or unconfirmed; and
•    156—or 1.0 percent—ended the year as other non-graduates, including certificate of completion, still enrolled, or long-term absence.


Virginia’s on-time graduation rate reports the percentage of students in a senior cohort who earned a state Board of Education-approved diploma within four years. This year’s on-time graduates are students who entered ninth grade for the first time during the 2015-16 school year and earned a diploma by August 2019. The calculation documents longitudinal student-level outcomes, taking into account student mobility, changes in student enrollment, and academic needs of students with disabilities and English learners.


Detailed on-time graduation rate information for the division and individual schools can be accessed through the College and Career Readiness tab within the Virginia School Quality Profiles and the Virginia Cohort Reports issued annually by the VDOE.


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For more information, contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.