As had been mentioned in previous posts, at the end of the February 18 School Board meeting, Mr. Ganow asked Dr. Newcome if he could furnish a report for next month’s meeting on the graduation rate for the Octorara District and salaries comparing Chester and Lancaster Counties.
We have talked about salaries. We had several articles about test scores, the district’s warning for not making Adequate Yearly Progress, and other performance indicators. Let’s now talk about graduation rates.
These graduation rates are from the Pennsylvanian Department of Education (last updated 2010-11) and publicly available on their website.
|Conestoga SHS (Tredyffrin)||99.40%|
|Great Valley HS||98.27%|
|Owen J Roberts HS||97.28%|
|Downingtown HS East||96.50%|
|Phoenixville Area HS||95.22%|
|West Chester Bayard Rustin HS||95.15%|
|Downingtown HS West||95.00%|
|West Chester East||94.96%|
|Avon Grove HS||94.19%|
|West Chester Henderson HS||94.10%|
|Coatesville Area SHS||88.99%|
|Oxford Area HS||88.41%|
|Octorara Area JSHS||73.23%|
Since at least 1999-00, using a comparison to Oxford SD, Octorara has been paying an ever growing premium to teachers between $4,928 (1999-00) and $11,679 (2011-12). An additional labor cost of roughly $21,266,022, and what do we have to show for it? We have poor test scores, the school district in warning for not making Adequate Yearly Progress, inferior College readiness, only 57% pass rate with our Advance Placement classes, and 1 in every 4 do not graduate. This is our Return On Investment!!
As we brake that graduation rate down by subgroups, the news becomes even more disturbing. If you are economically disadvantaged, are a special needs child or are African-American, your chances of graduating are seriously diminished. Pennsylvanian Department of Education data shows 1 out of every 2 African-American students will not graduate. If you are economically disadvantaged or special needs, not even 2 in 3 will graduate.
Grad Rates by Demographics
Male Grad Rate: 71.14%
Female Grade Rate: 74.42%
White Grade Rate: 75.42%
Hispanic Grad Rate: 73.33%
Black Grad Rate: 47.06%
Asian Grad Rate: —
Economically Disadvantaged: 62.26%
Sp Ed Grad Rate: 59.18%
What is the message here? When the school board tells us our high taxes, and the high labor costs they pay, are providing a quality education… a quality education for who?
Did you read the original “Does Octorara Make The Grade” article?