The RT-D this morning reports that Virginia’s on-time graduation rate of 90.5% “tops” the national average of 82%.
The RT-D is mixing apples and pomegranates. They are comparing national cohort data for 2014 with Virginia “on-time” data from 2015.
Even so, that’s Virginia. This is Richmond. The (awful) Richmond rate actually dropped this year.
The 2015 cohort also had 167 dropouts in Richmond, 11.8% of the cohort.
The enrollment pattern by grade gives a more nuanced picture of the huge numbers of students Richmond loses to dropouts and from parents who move to the much better schools in the Counties.