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WCPS Graduation Rate Exceeds State Average

Posted March 26, 2024

As the average graduation rate across the state of Maryland Declined slightly over the last year, Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) maintained steady numbers of students turning their tassels.  

Over 90% WCPS students who entered the ninth grade in the 2019-2020 school year received their diplomas in the spring of 2023. According to data released by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), the four-year 2023 cohort graduation rate for WCPS students was 90.8%. That compares to Maryland's statewide four-year 2023 cohort graduation rate of 85.8% and maintains consistency with the WCPS 2022 four-year cohort graduation rate.

line graph showing 2023 4-year cohort graduation rate for WCPS and Maryland

WCPS Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Sovine says, "Having more than 90% of students graduate from high school within four years of entering the ninth grade is a positive accomplishment, which reflects the dedication of our students as well as their teachers and others who provide the supports necessary to help each student succeed. The students in the 2023 cohort had their high school experience greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but they persevered through virtual learning, transitioned back to in-person learning, and successfully completed their high school studies. There is still room for us to grow in ensuring all students earn a high school diploma, and WCPS continues to make progress."

The MSDE also released the 2023 five-year cohort graduation rate, which is the percentage of students who graduated within five years of entering the ninth grade in the 2018-2019 school year. The five-year 2023 cohort graduation rate for WCPS students was 91.8% compared to 88.2% for the state average.

line graph showing 2023 5-year cohort graduation rates for WCPS and Maryland

Data on the 2023 four-year and five-year cohort graduation rates, as well as the four-year cohort dropout rate for the state, local education agencies, and individual high schools can be found on the Maryland Report Card website at