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Verbatim: FWCS schools beat state grad rate again

Statement issued Friday by Fort Wayne Community Schools:

The graduation rates increased at each of the six Fort Wayne Community Schools high schools for the class of 2009. For the second straight year, the district average was higher than the state average.

In 2009, FWCS' graduation rate was 83.2 percent, nearly 3 percentage points higher than the state average of 81.5 percent. In 2008, the graduation rate for FWCS was 78.9 percent.

"It is a significant achievement for an urban school district to be above the state average for two years," Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson said. "Our staffs have worked hard to make sure our students are successful, but our work isn't done yet. We made great strides in seeing our students through to graduation, but that is just the first step to making sure they are successful in life."

Each high school saw a higher percentage of students graduate with increases over 2008 rates ranging from 1.5 percentage points to 7 percentage points.

School 2008, Grad Rate, 2009 Grad Rate, Change

Elmhurst, 79%, 84.1%, +5.1%

North Side, 68%, 75.3%, +7.3%

Northrop, 85.6%,90.3%, +4.7%

Snider, 88%, 90%m +2%

South Side, 70.4%, 75.1%, +4.7%

Wayne 76.8%, 78.3%, +1.5%

"These numbers show that what we are doing through our High School Reinvent process is paying off," Dr. Robinson said. "The class of 2009 showed us that when we focus on building relationships with students and making sure their coursework is rigorous and relevant to life after high school, we can help our student achieve success. As these programs get stronger and we implement additional changes with the support of the Race to the Top initiative, we expect our students will make even greater strides toward excellence."

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