Hartford Public Schools Aiming to Reach Equity Indicators: 61 More Students Graduated in 2015 Relative to 2014
(HARTFORD, Tuesday, May 24) – Graduation numbers at seven Hartford high schools outperformed the State of Connecticut’s average graduation rate of 87.2%, according to a recently released state report on the four-year cohort graduation rates for academic year 2014-2015.
The seven schools performing above the state average in the four-year cohort graduation rate are: University High School of Science and Engineering (96.8%), Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (96.1%), Capital Preparatory Magnet School (95.1%), Sport and Medical Sciences Academy (91.8%), Classical Magnet School (90.5%), Great Path Academy Middle College High School (90.3%), and Pathways Academy of Technology and Design (89.7%.)
“Several Hartford schools continue to outperform the overall State of Connecticut average graduation rate,” said schools Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez about the rates in her first year of tenure. “There is work to be done. We are learning from the schools that are doing good work so that all our schools are able achieve our graduation equity indicator by the year 2020.”
The four-year cohort graduation rate tracks student enrollment and graduate numbers from ninth grade through 12th grade. The district’s Strategic Operating Plan: Cultivating Equity and Excellence calls for a 90% graduation rate at each and every Hartford high school by the year 2020.
Six Hartford high schools continue to achieve rates above this ambitious target. For its first graduating class, Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy achieved an impressive rate of 96.1% .
Meanwhile, four neighborhood schools made significant gains in their cohort graduation rates: High School Inc. (+11.8%), HPHS Academy of Engineering and Green Technology (+9.6%), Culinary Arts Academy (+9.4%), and HPHS Academy of Nursing and Health Sciences (+6.6%).
While Hartford’s overall graduation rate was slightly down from 71.5% in 2014 to 70.1% in 2015, the Hartford Public Schools district registered 1,040 graduates in 2015. That is 61 more graduating students when compared to the 979 students that crossed the stage in 2014.
“This is our baseline for the five-year plan laid out in our Strategic Operating Planning: Cultivating Equity and Excellence 2020,” said Dr. Narvaez. “We have some lessons to learn and we are not satisfied with these numbers. This reinforces our focus on providing college and career readiness, student-centered learning plans and making sure that there is a caring adult involved in the education of each student.”
The four-year cohort graduation rate in Hartford maintains a healthy five-year growth of 6.9% (63.2% in 2011 to 70.1% in 2015.)