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Ready and Successful Students

All student groups have exemplary graduation rates


SY20 Actual

SY19 Actual

Objective Description

The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) has created a systematic and comprehensive approach to increase graduation rates by providing more options for students to connect to and become invested in academics and school-based activities. Schools are focusing their work on ensuring student attendance, academic achievement, acceptance/belonging and access to individualized programs. In addition, HCPSS is engaging family and community members to promote clear avenues from middle and high school to college and career success.

Trend Analysis

Overall, the Class of 2020 four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate of 93.4% is higher than the Class of 2019 graduation rate of 92.8%. Four-year graduation rates have remained at or above 95% for two student groups (Asian, White), and increased for all other student groups over a 3 year period.


  • Attendance: identifying students whose attendance may predict a later inclination to not complete high school and implementing a multi-tiered system of supports.
  • Achievement: implementing early warning and progress monitoring systems in order to develop individualized academic plans and provide appropriate interventions.
  • Acceptance: implementing system-wide initiatives aimed at building relationships through a restorative culture, providing opportunities for student voice, and providing connections to arts, sports, and careers.
  • Access: expanding evening school options, creating clearer GED pathways with HCC, developing innovative pathway options, and developing community based supports.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Detailed Analysis

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