(WKBW release) The Buffalo Public School district is pleased to have made a 6.6 percentage point increase in graduating seniors between 2010 and 2011, but acknowledges there is still far to go.
According to a news release:
According to NYSED data the graduation rate for the BPS 2007 cohort of students as of June 2011 (4-year graduates) was 54.0%, an increase of 6.6% over June of 2010. The district is held accountable under NYS accountability guidelines for the August 2011 rate.
Similarly, comparing the graduation rate with the Regents' Aspirational Performance Measures (APMs), 9.5% of the 2007 Cohort graduated with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation as compared to 3.2% of the 2006 Cohort, an increase of more than 6%. In relation to the APM targets for ELA and math, there was a 10.9% performance in comparison to the 8.1% of the previous Cohort 2006 cohort.
The district has taken the initiative through successfully increasing attendance in the 2011-2012 school year through programs, incentives and the hiring of attendance personnel at Persistently Lowest Performing (PLA) schools in order to increase both attendance and graduation numbers in the future.