A new report released on Thursday highlights some of the area's schools and their increasing graduation rates.
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) has the highest 2009 graduation rate among the nation's largest school districts for the fourth year in a row, according to the annual Diplomas Count report.
“This year’s Diplomas Count report demonstrates our students' determination to be ready for the opportunities that lie beyond graduation and our continued commitment to support them,” said Shirley Brandman, president of the Montgomery County Board of Education.
Published by Education Week, the annual report states that MCPS has a 87.2 percent graduation rate, 1.9 percent increase from rates in 2008. Fairfax County in Va. came in No. 2, with a graduation rate of 85.5 percent.
Anne Arundel County, Md. made the No. 6 spot with a 78.1 percent graduation rate, while Prince William County came in at No. 13 with a graduation rate of 74.3 percent.
Prince George's County was also on the list, coming in at No. 28 with a graduation rate of 65 percent.
“These results would not be possible without the hard work of our students, the dedication and outstanding performance of our employees and the continued support and investment of our community,” Dr. Starr said. “Together, we have made MCPS a national model of excellence.”
Education Week used data from the National Center for Education Statistics to complete their report.