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Glens Falls' graduation rate jumps eight percentage points to 87 percent in latest NYSED dataPhoto of students and staff

February 9, 2018 —
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has released data for 2017 that shows Glens Falls’ graduation rate improving to 87 percent – up from 79 percent in 2016.

“We are very proud of the gains our students have made over the last few years, especially the increase in our graduation rate,” said Superintendent Paul Jenkins. “We have steadily increased over time, but last year was our largest jump in our graduation rate.

“We have made some concerted efforts over the last two years to focus on early identification and intervention with students who may be in danger of falling behind. Our students, faculty, staff, and administration at each building has been focused on reducing course failures, reducing the number of students failing two or more courses, reducing student absences, increasing the number of students reading at grade level, and increasing the number of students involved in school activities. The additional work towards these goals by both students and faculty has been outstanding. We have an extremely dedicated faculty and staff and a student centered Board of Education who supports all of our efforts to make improvements.

"Moving forward, we are continuing our discussions on how to improve all of our programs. In March, we are dedicating an entire conference day to our focus on grading and homework practices District wide. We will continue to enhance the classroom opportunities for our students to make sure we have student directed learning activities and we create and environment where our students can focus on project based learning to develop real world experiences.”

Additional background on regional graduation rates can be found in Michael Goot’s article here: