BALTIMORE — The Maryland State Department of Education launched its commencement fee for the category of 2023.

Overall college students in Maryland excessive faculties graduated at a fee of 85.81 %.

It’s the bottom commencement fee during the last 5 years.

Meanwhile pupil dropouts throughout that very same timeframe reached their highest numbers of 9.83 %.

It needs to be famous this explicit four-year cohort of scholars was impacted by COVID-19 throughout parts of their freshman and sophomore years.

According to the information, Hispanic college students skilled the best improve in dropout charges from 19.77 % in 2022 to 22.85 in 2023.

The knowledge did reveal a pair shiny spots, because the commencement fee for economically deprived college students elevated from 75.68 % in 2022 to 80.83 % in 2023 faculty yr.

Graduation charges for African American college students additionally barely rose from 83.98 to 84.68 %.

“Maryland’s college students are among the many finest and brightest on the planet and whereas our commencement charges are good, they are often higher,” mentioned Interim State Superintendent Carey M. Wright. “We have a chance to construct upon our training system’s robust basis to realize the equitable and profitable outcomes we would like for all college students.”

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