FNSB graduation rates on the rise

Published: Oct. 8, 2018 at 8:11 PM AKDT
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Over the past four years, graduation rates in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District have steadily increased.

For the 2017-2018 school year, 711 out of 906 students graduated, resulting in a 78.5 percent graduation rate. This is the district’s highest reported graduation rate.

According to Senior Research Analyst with the district, Ellis Ott, this rate is composed of a variety different groups, including race and ethnicity, gender, economic disadvantage, students who are English langue learners, and students with disabilities.

"We're always trying to improve the performance and graduation rates of our students within all of the various groups,” he said.

According to a press release sent by the district, the 2017-2018 four-year graduation rate for economically disadvantaged students’ increased 4.9 percentage points over 2016-2017.

It also states that the graduation rate for Alaska Native/American Indian students dropped 4 percentage points from last year. Of 189 students in the 2017-2018 cohort, 114 graduated in four years, compared with a 2016-2017 cohort of 154 students with 99 graduating in four years.

Superintendent Karen Gaborik also said emotional supports for students and families as well as attendance is a huge factor in getting students to the finish line. Even showing students what power they have with a diploma, can be essential in the graduation goal.

"I think one of the most powerful things is looking at numbers. You know really showing kids what their earning power is with a high school diploma, without a high school diploma. What kind of jobs they can get and can't get. Just showing them the different type of jobs are out there. Making sure they're exposed to all of the potential employment opportunities,” she said.

To explore the school district graduation rate data further, visit the district’s Research and Accountability webpage for more information.

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