Grad Rates Up Nearly 60% Since 2012

The Michigan Department of Education recently released the graduation rates for the 2017-2018 school year. For the seventh consecutive year, Grand Rapids Public Schools saw an increase in districtwide graduation rates.

Since Superintendent Weatherall Neal took the helm at GRPS and launched the GRPS Transformation Plan, the district’s graduation rates have increased by nearly 60%. The numbers are equally impressive when broken down further.

All Schools – All Students: +59.9% (26.69 percentage points) increase since 2011-2012
African-American Students: +75% (30.45 percentage points) increase since 2011-2012
Hispanic/Latino Students: +76.4% (32.57 percentage points) increase since 2011-2012
Economically Disadvantaged Students: +78.8% (31.57 percentage points) increase since 2011-2012
English Language Learners: +95.6% (31.19 percentage points) increase since 2011-2012

“Over the past 7 years, our students and staff have repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to improving outcomes, especially around graduation rates. Our standards have remained high, and I’m pleased to see more students each year rising to them,” said Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal.