Green Bay Area Public School District Graduation Rates Continue to Rise; Achievement Gap Decreases

Today the Department of Public Instruction released graduation rates for the 2012-13 school year. The overall trend shows an increase in the Green Bay Area Public School District’s graduation rates for African American, Hispanic, English as a Second Language (ESL), economically disadvantaged and disabled students.

“The four and six year trends for Green Bay public schools are very positive,” stated Michelle Langenfeld, superintendent of schools and learning. “The increase in graduation rates is a reflection of the collective and collaborative work of the staff as well as community support for students. In addition, the work of Achieve Brown County will result in children better prepared for school, which in turn will mean even more students graduating.”

Overall the school district realized a 1.5% increase in graduation rates from 2011-12 to 2012-13. This is the fourth year in a row that the school district had an increase in its graduation rate, with an overall four-year increase of 6.5%. Graduation rates over the last four-years increased for the following subgroups as follows:

African-American – 15.5%
Hispanic – 15%
Economically disadvantaged – 6.6%
Students with disabilities – 11.7%
Native American – 6.3%
English as a Second Language – .4% (the six-year trend shows an increase of 2.8%)

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