“Despite the pandemic, New Jersey’s graduation rates have stayed fairly even from previous years, hovering around 90% for the past three years.”
by Tina Kelley and Katie Kausch
New Jersey’s high school graduation rate slightly declined during the coronavirus pandemic, a drop that’s in line with other states, Assistant Commissioner Kathleen Ehling told the state Board of Education Wednesday. But full national results have not yet been reported, a common theme in assessing performance while schools were closed and many students lacked connectivity to attend classes and take tests on what they learned.
The graduation data was included in the annual release of School Performance Reports, which give parents a glimpse into their school’s test scores, violent incidents, and teacher experience levels, among other statistics.
Of the 26 states that have announced their 2021 graduation rates, 21 showed a decrease, Ehling said. While New Jersey ranked fourth in the nation in the 2018-19 school year, with a rate of 91%, the rate fell to 90.6% in 2021. Preliminary national 2020-21 figures show New Jersey moving to seventh place, using an adjusted federal graduation rate of 88.5. The federal graduation rate does not include some graduates of special education programs…
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