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News Release: Graduation Rate Increases Amid Ongoing Pandemic

March 3, 2022
For Immediate Release

Office of Communications

UPPER MARLBORO — The Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) four-year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate increased by 1.5 percentage points to nearly 78 percent for the 2020-21 academic year with 10 schools registering a graduation rate of more than 90 percent. 

According to data released from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), the high school dropout rate fell to a five-year low with gains among several student groups, including a 4 percentage point-increase for Hispanic students. There were also increases among English language learners and students who come from families with low-income.

“Despite challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and distance learning, we have made progress,” said Dr. Monica Goldson, Chief Executive Officer. “I remain grateful for the commitment and resilience of our students, educators and staff who continue to keep teaching and learning at the forefront.”

The statewide graduation rate increased by less than 1 percent.

High schools with graduation rate gains of three or more percentage points included High Point, Largo, Laurel, Northwestern, Potomac, International High School at Largo and College Park Academy.

MSDE uses a four-year cohort method to calculate graduation rates, following a set group of students from freshman year through their senior year.

For more information, visit the 2021 Maryland Report Card website.