District 60's 2019 graduation, dropout rates better than state average

posted Jan 16, 2020, 4:13 PM by anthony.sandstrom@pueblocityschools.us   [ updated Jan 20, 2020, 7:07 AM ]

Pueblo School District 60's latest four-year on-time graduation rate, as well as its high school dropout rates, scored better than the state average, according to statistics released by the Colorado Department of Education this week.

District 60's Class of 2019 touted an on-time graduation rate of 81.8%, 0.7 percentage points higher than the State of Colorado's 81.1 percent rate. It marked the third straight year in which District 60's graduation rate out-performed the state average.

Perhaps more impressive, though, was the considerable decrease in District 60's high school dropout rate.
District 60's dropout rate fell from 2.5% in 2018 to 1.6% in 2019. The figure was well below the state dropout rate of 2.0%. 

"It's an affirmation that we are engaging in the right work and are providing various supports that students need," District 60 Superintendent Charlotte Macaluso said. "All achievements and successes can be attributed to the outstanding efforts and hard work of our teachers and staff. Our counselors, student engagement managers and support staff work tirelessly to ensure that kids are successful."

Centennial High School reported the greatest increase in graduation rates, improving by nearly 6% from 81.3% in 2018 to 87.2% in 2019.

"We are thrilled with the decrease in our dropout rate and increase in 4-year graduation rates," Centennial High School Principal David Craddock said, "and are continuing to work to keep all students engaged through graduation.  It is a tribute to the hard work of our students, staff and community and new goals are already in place to continue our accomplishments."

Of Pueblo's four largest high schools, Central High School boasted the best improvement in dropout rate, a 1.5% decrease from 2018 to 2019 (4.2% to 2.7%).

"I was more than pleased with the decrease in the dropout out rate, not only for Central High School, but for the entire district," Central High School Principal Destin Mehess said. "At Central, it is our mission to provide support for our students and make sure that those supports allow options for students who might need something a little less traditional, so that he or she is able to graduate and not drop out. It's so important to really know who your students are, their situations, and make sure they know they are important and that they matter."

The Colorado Department of Education annually releases graduation and dropout rates for every school and district in the State of Colorado. CDE statewide graduation statistics can be found at http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdereval/gradratecurrent, and statewide dropout rates are available at http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdereval/dropoutcurrent