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November 17, 2020

Disabled, minority students set graduation rate records

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The Liberty High School Class of 2018 — along with their peers at Fauquier High and Kettle Run — achieved the county’s best aggregate on-time graduation rate, 96.1 percent.
These statistics are off the charts and show that what we have been doing to promote success and equity for all is working. I am so proud of our students and staff.
— School Superintendent David Jeck
Disabled, disadvantaged and minority students in Fauquier set records for on-time graduation this year.

The Class of 2020 at Fauquier’s three public high schools achieved an aggregate on-time graduation rate of 95.5 percent — up from 94.1 percent a year earlier, according to the Virginia Department of Education.

County schools posted their best-ever graduation rates in four subgroups:

• 96.7 percent among students with disabilities, up from 91.4 percent in 2019.

• 96.3 percent among Black students, up from 89.6 percent.

• 93.5 percent among Hispanic students, up from 88.2 percent.

• 91.6 percent among economically-disadvantaged students, up from 86.5 percent.

The rate tracks ninth-graders who entered high school in the fall of 2016 and graduated on time in 2020.

Fauquier exceeds the statewide rate of 92.3 percent for all Class of 2020 members.

The stage agency started reporting the rates in 2008. Since then, Fauquier schools achieved their best rate, 96.1 percent, in 2018.

“Our staff and our students continue to amaze,” Superintendent David Jeck said in a press release Tuesday. “These statistics are off the charts and show that what we have been doing to promote success and equity for all is working. I am so proud of our students and staff.”

Deputy Superintendent Major Warner added: “It is important to reiterate for our community that our on-time graduation rate is one of those data points that illustrates the depth of our collective journey. It is an academic outcome that is a true measure of that success, and best reflects the investment that our teachers make in each child from their first day, and culminates in the receipt of their diploma each spring.

“It is an unwavering belief and commitment by teachers to providing an equitable environment that fosters growth and provides meaningful experiences for all of our students.”

Among 18 Virginia public school systems with 8,000 to 18,000 students, only York County posted a higher graduation rate this year at 97 percent.

That group includes Roanoke, Rockingham, Montgomery, Albemarle and Culpeper counties and the cities of Alexandria, Roanoke, Lynchburg and Portsmouth.

Fauquier County Public Scho... by Fauquier Now

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Evil · December 13, 2020 at 8:32 am
I am very pleased with this news and the fact that people with disabilities do not despair but strive to get a good education and show good results in this direction. I would like to recommend a supportive service which will help you write a personal statement for scholarships especially within the medical community. I am sure that many students will find this useful.
Lora56 · November 19, 2020 at 10:51 am
The cool thing is that students that represent minorities are increasingly getting a higher education. The main thing is that such students should be helped in every possible way. It is good that educational resources such as exist to help students with their studies. Students should be able to successfully graduate from college.
Truepat · November 18, 2020 at 12:44 pm
I didn't think the school year was completed in full with the governor's approval, I could be wrong....
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