The New York State Department of Education has released Middleburgh’s graduation numbers from the 2017-18 school year, and they show one definitive thing: more students are graduating, and more students are graduating with advanced degrees.
Middleburgh’s overall graduation rate jumped 11 points from the 2016-17 school year, from 81% to 92%. Middleburgh’s 2017-18 graduation rate was a full 12 points higher than the New York state average. And the district’s percentage of students who graduated with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation rose a whopping 21 points, from 24% in 2016-17 to 45% in 2017-18. That is also 12 points higher than the state average. The district’s dropout rate also fell 3% from the previous year.
The gains weren’t just limited to one group of students, either. Achievement rose across the board, with the graduation rate for female students rising 14% and those graduating with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation going up 30%. For male students, the graduation rate rose 8% and those graduating with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation rose 13%. And the graduation rate for students with disabilities rose 16% year over year.
The district is also providing a quality education for those who need it most. Among our economically disadvantaged students, as defined by the state, the graduation rate increased 22%. In 2016-17, only 5% of economically disadvantaged students graduated with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation. In 2017-18, that number was 30%.
All of this great progress could not have happened without our students putting in the hard work necessary to achieve these amazing results, the wonderful teachers who pour their heart and effort into teaching them every day, our amazing support staff, and the efforts of the district’s leadership team. This was truly a group effort, from Pre-K all the way through the Jr./Sr. High School. Together, Knights truly do succeed.