CPS graduation rates expected to hit record high

A record number of Chicago Public Schools seniors are graduating this year, that’s according to CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

According to CPS numbers, this year’s projected graduation is expected to be 63 percent.  That’s a 2 percent increase from last year and an almost 20 percent increase from ten years ago.

In comparison, New York boasted 70 percent graduation over a 5-year period in 2010.

It’s important to note that CPS measured the rate based on how students graduate in a five-year period, not four.

CEO Byrd-Bennett will formally announce this projected record rate at Tuesday’s City Club of Chicago’s Public Policy Luncheon.

CPS also reports attendance is up across the district, at 92.9 percent, up .4 percent from last year and 1.2 percent from the year before. Over the last two years, more than 4,000 children are attending school regularly.

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