Board of Education’s Policy Governance Forges Path to Graduation Rate Increase

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Last week the State of Colorado Department of Education (CDE) released its annual report on graduation, completion, and dropout rates for school districts across the state. 

According to data released by the Colorado Department of Education, DPS’ four-year, on-time Graduation Rate increased 2.5 percent, from 74.0 percent to 76.5 percent. This was the highest Graduation Rate for DPS students since CDE started reporting graduation rates publicly. 

Board of Education President Xóchitl Gaytán said, “I’m quite proud of the significant strides and the increase in graduation rates for Denver Public Schools. I’m proud of the teachers, educators and staff for their continued work and dedication to our students but also the tenacity and perseverance of our scholars to reach for their dreams.”

“I want to congratulate our brilliant students, our tireless educators, and our visionary Board of Education.  This graduation rate is a direct result of their leadership in utilizing our Policy Governance Model, specifically Ends Statement number five, which sets clear goals and priorities for graduates of our district.  The actions of the Board are positively impacting the lives of our students, as evidenced by this remarkable achievement. I will continue to work with our Board to implement Policy Governance to achieve the objectives you have set and facilitate the conditions needed for our students to succeed during school and post-graduation,” said Denver Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Alex Marrero.