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FCPS Graduation Rate Increases to 95.5%

November 17, 2020

Record-High Rates Achieved in Four Subgroup Categories

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Fauquier County Public Schools’ on-time graduation rate increased from 94.1 percent in 2019 to an impressive 95.5 percent in 2020, according to data released by the Virginia Department of Education. Not only did the school division fare well overall, but FCPS also achieved record-high graduation rates in four subgroup categories—Black students, Hispanic students, Students with Disabilities and Economically Disadvantaged Students.

The on-time rate refers to first-time ninth-graders who entered high school in the fall of 2016 and graduated on time in 2020.  Once again, Fauquier County’s rate exceeds the state rate of 92.3 percent. VDOE started reporting the rates in 2008 based on longitudinal student data accounting for student mobility, retention and other factors; the following are FCPS on-time graduation rates released in the annual VDOE reports.

Fauquier County Public Schools

Class of:

% On-Time Graduation Rate

2020

95.5

2019

94.1

2018

96.1

2017

95.5

2016

95.1

2015

93.3

2014

93.8

2013

94.0

2012

93.1

2011

90.5

2010

90.3

2009

88.1

2008

86.9


The FCPS graduation rate for Students with Disabilities soared to 96.7 percent (previously 91.45 percent in 2019). The graduation rate for Black students increased to 96.3 percent (previously 89.61 percent in 2019).  The graduation rate for Hispanic students increased to 93.5 percent (previously 88.19 percent in 2019), and the graduation rate for Economically Disadvantaged Students increased to 91.6 percent (previously 86.5 percent in 2019).

Dr. David Jeck, FCPS Division Superintendent, credits the teachers, students and staff for the outstanding results. “Our staff and our students continue to amaze. These statistics are off the charts and show that what we have been doing to promote success and equity for all is working. I am so proud of our students and staff.  Truly exceptional.”

Major Warner, FCPS Deputy Superintendent, added, “It is important to reiterate for our community that our on-time graduation rate is one of those data points that illustrates the depth of our collective journey.  It is an academic outcome that is a true measure of that success, and best reflects the investment that our teachers make in each child from their first day, and culminates in the receipt of their diploma each spring.  It is an unwavering belief and commitment by teachers to providing an equitable environment that fosters growth and provides meaningful experiences for all of our students.”

How Do We Compare?   

The 2020 FCPS on-time graduation rate ranks very favorably in comparison to school divisions of similar size throughout the state.  Fauquier landed second among the 18 school divisions in the Commonwealth with student enrollments ranging from 8,000 to 16,000.  The following chart reflects the on-time graduation rates for those 18 school divisions.

 

    19-20 On-Time Graduation Rates for Virginia School Divisions with 8,000-16,000 Students

School Division

Percent

York

97

Fauquier

95.5

Roanoke County

94.9

Rockingham

94.4

Montgomery

94.3

Campbell County

94.3

Augusta

93.9

Frederick

93

Bedford

92.1

Albemarle

91.8

Williamsburg/James City

91.5

Culpeper

90.9

Portsmouth City

89.7

Pittsylvania

89.3

Roanoke City

87.9

Suffolk

87.4

Lynchburg City

85

Alexandria

             82.1