District's grad rate improves

Posted: Friday, September 19, 2008

State statistics show an increase in the Juneau School District's graduation rate from 64 percent to 73 percent in 2007, according to a statement released by the district on Thursday.

The district said its dropout rate also decreased from 4.8 percent to 3.9 percent between 2005 and 2008.

"The efforts we have been putting into literacy skills, school climate and connectedness, smaller learning communities, the Juneau-Douglas High School Freshman First initiative, and our overall focus on improving student achievement over the past four years show promising results," Superintendent Peggy Cowan said in the statement.

The graduation rate is determined by an "intricate calculation" that includes state exit exams, dropout rates and current student enrollment, Cowan said.

The district is having a public meeting to discuss how to improve schools on Monday at the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School library at 6 p.m.

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