School district shoots for 90% graduation rate by 2020
Currently, the Anchorage School District holds an 82 percent high school graduation rate. That number is up 1.5 percent from the year before; the school district would like to see that number hit 90 percent by the year 2020.
"We have a lot of work here on the district side," ASD Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop said. "As well as with our community partners, the United Way. At Monday's review session, we took a look at the work not only at the level where we see dropouts in high school, but what are we doing to prevent dropouts and build capacities and skills in our programs all throughout."
Dr. Bishop says there is high success in narrowing the achievement gap and the graduation rate is on the rise. However, in certain student groups, those rates are increasing at a much more rapid rate.
"In African American, Alaska Native and American Indian groups, we are seeing a 6 to 8 percent increase," Dr. Bishop said. "That is the idea behind closing the gap, to have all students achieve. We are glad to see those results and excited to see what is happening."
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