GRPS: Graduation rate increases for fourth year in a row

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The graduation rate at Grand Rapids Public Schools has increased for the fourth straight school year, the district said Thursday.

The graduation rate for the 2014-2015 school year was 56.2 percent, up about 6 percent from the previous year, according to a release from the district.

The school district, citing the Michigan Department of Education, said the graduation rate has increased nearly 12 percent over the past four years.

“While there is certainly more work to be done, I think it is important to step back, look at how far we have come in four years, and celebrate it,” Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal said in a release.

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  • Shirley

    I am all for applauding an achievement, as long as that achievement has been earned. The full story here does not warrant any claims of achievement by the GRPS other than their ability to manipulate students, parents, and statistics. A large part of this increase has been the result of the GRPS encouraging (I will stop short of saying “driving out”, though I know that is what it has felt like to some) parents to move the most problematic students out of the GRPS system and into private schools and charters. So while the numbers did go up, they did so not because of any improvements in the education model or curriculum, and not because of any improvements in the teaching, It is almost entirely because the GRPS dumped a large portion of the students who were most at risk of dropping out onto someone else. I can not, and will not, applaud that as success in education.