Graduation Rates

Link to comparison of RRPS and state graduation ratesRio Rancho Public Schools' overall district four-year graduation rate and those of all four high schools in Rio Rancho showed sharp gains in 2018, with the district posting the highest cohort graduation rate* in its history.  The 85.4% graduation rate exceeds the most recently published national graduation rate of 84.1% by more than a full percentage point, and greatly exceeds the state average of 73.9%.      

See detailed districtwide and school trend data and analysis here:

Virtually all student subgroups also showed increases, and in some cases substantial increases, over the previous year.  We are especially pleased to report that graduations for all student subgroups districtwide are within 11 percentage points of the district average, an indication that efforts to “close the achievement gap” are continuing to show some success.

Fluctuations in the graduation rate are not uncommon.  The district graduation rate has remained consistently in the 82%-85% range for the past five years, even while academic standards as measured by achievement tests have become more rigorous and graduation requirements more stringent.  There is still plenty of room for improvement, but we are pleased that the 2018 graduation results suggest that results are trending in the right direction. 

In order to qualify for a diploma, Rio Rancho students must meet rigorous standards established by the district including earning class credits and achieving certain minimum scores on achievement tests.  In instances where students are unable to pass the tests, they may demonstrate competency in the core subject areas through equally rigorous alternative methods designed to be comparably rigorous to achieving passing scores on the state's achievement tests.  The district's expectation is that students graduate fully prepared for success in higher education, the military, or the workforce.  

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*“Cohort” refers to students who began high school as a ninth grader and then proceeded to graduate from high school four years later.  The rate accounts for students who may have attended more than one high school by proportionally distributing their outcomes among all schools/districts who contributed to that outcome.


Celebrate Graduation 2018 with our students!


Celebrate Graduation 2017 with our students!  

 

RRPS and State of NM 2017 Graduation Rates linkRio Rancho Public Schools' overall four-year graduation rates declined slightly in 2017, from 84% to 82%.  While any drop is always a cause for concern and analysis, and the district always strives to increase graduation rates year over year, fluctuations in the graduation rate are not uncommon.  The district graduation rate has remained consistently in the 82%-85% range for the past five years, even while academic standards as measured by achievement tests have become more rigorous and graduation requirements more stringent.    

See detailed districtwide and school trend data and analysis here:

RRPS’s graduation rate continues to greatly exceed the state average, and remains on a par with the most recently published national graduation rate of 83%.  While declines were seen in larger subgroups (Caucasian, Hispanic, and economically-disadvantaged students), most smaller subgroups actually saw increases.  The graduation rate for Native American students grew more than 8%, from 73% to 81.4%, and the rate for English Language Learners (ELL) climbed more than 5%, from 74% to nearly 80%.  For the second year, all subgroups maintained graduation rates of more than 70%.  This suggests, while there is still more to be done, the district’s effort to close the achievement gaps among subgroups may be showing some success.

In order to qualify for a diploma, Rio Rancho students must meet rigorous standards established by the district including earning class credits and achieving certain minimum scores on achievement tests.  In instances where students are unable to pass the tests, they may demonstrate competency in the core subject areas through equally rigorous alternative methods designed to be comparably rigorous to achieving passing scores on the state's achievement tests.  The district's expectation is that students graduate fully prepared for success in higher education, the military, or the workforce.  


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