LAS CRUCES- Las Cruces Public School have set a new record for graduation rates in the last three years.
Statewide four-year cohort graduation rates were announced today by the New Mexico Public Education Department. The statistics show LCPS with a 2010 graduation rate of 71.2 percent, compared to 64.9 percent in 2009 and 54 percent in 2008. The statewide graduation rate for 2010 was 67.3 percent.
Also showing marked improvement compared to the previous year are the LCPS graduation rates for economically disadvantaged students (52.7% up to 62.1%), students with disabilities (66.2% up to 71.1%) and those who are English language learners (51.5% up to 65%).
“I am delighted. This is a very relevant increase and shows that our efforts to increase graduation rates and reduce the dropout rate are paying off," said LCPS Superintendent Stan Rounds.
Rounds said the increases in graduation rates are due to a number of factors. In particular, he credited the district’s 90 percent attendance policy, enacted two years ago by the LCPS Board of Education. It mandates that students attend each one of their classes at least 90 percent of the time in order to receive credit.
“As our daily attendance rates go up, we are seeing a corresponding increase in the graduation rate,” said Rounds.
Rounds also credited teachers across the school district for “giving attention to students and their individual needs and for providing high quality instruction in the classroom. I believe we have the most committed and dedicated employees of any school district in the nation, and these numbers bear that out,” he added.