High School Graduation
BALTIMORE'S PROMISE HAS A GOAL THAT
Youth Graduate from High School Prepared for the Next Step without Remediation
High school graduation is a strong predictor of lifelong success. Nationally, individuals without a high school diploma over the age of 16 face a 14% unemployment rate. National Department of Labor data shows that, for those between the ages of 16 and 19 years, more than 1 in 4 cannot find jobs. Though the percentage of Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) students graduating in four years has been steadily improving, the performance of BCPS students is significantly below the statewide average.
Baltimore’s Promise has identified the high school graduation rate and the remediation rate for those BCPS grads who enroll in a post-secondary institution as the key indicators for this outcome area.
Percentage of students graduating from high school within four or five years of enrollment.
For the class of 2015, 69.5% graduated within four years and 74.9% graduated within five years.
Percentage of high school graduates who need to take remedial courses in college.
In 2013, 74.7% of high school graduates who enrolled in a two-year or four-year college the fall following graduation needed to take a remedial course.
High School PARCC: Selected Assessments
As with grades 3-8, high school students in Maryland and Baltimore City were given assessments from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). Results from 10th grade English Language Arts (ELA), Algebra I, and Algebra II assessments are displayed below.
Data for high school PARCC assessments showed that students in Baltimore City met or exceeded expectations for English Language Arts (ELA) and Algebra less frequently than students statewide.
PARCC: Students Who Met or Exceeded Select Assessment Expectations, 2015-2016
Similar to results on lower grade levels, PARCC performance among high school students differed by subgroup throughout the state, with black and Hispanic students meeting or exceeding expectations less often than white students.
PARCC: Maryland Students by Race/Ethnicity and Gender Who Met or Exceeded Select Assessment Expectations, 2015-2016
High School Graduation
Baltimore City continues to see improved high school graduation rates for both the four-year and five-year cohorts. However, Baltimore City still trails the state by a significant margin.
Four-Year Public High School Graduation Rates
About 3 in 4 fifth-year seniors graduated from Baltimore's public high schools in 2015.
Five-Year Public High School Graduation Rates
In terms of percentage, more black seniors graduate from Baltimore City Public Schools than white seniors, with 7 out of the district’s 10 black seniors graduating in 2015.
Four-Year Public High School Graduation Rates by Gender and Race/Ethnicity Class of 2015
Although roughly 3 in 4 graduates of Baltimore City Public Schools need remedial courses in college, the percentage appears to be slowly decreasing.
Remediation Rates of Recent High School Graduates
(Baltimore City & Maryland)