A pair of related topics collides today as we receive word that Peabody’s high school graduation rate remains below the state average, and the school committee tonight announces the process of hiring a new high school principal.
The two are definitely connected, since the CEO of PVMHS will be integral when it comes to improving grad rates, and overall academic standards. I won’t bore you with the details of the principal search process here, but you can read about it in this Salem news article.
What I do want to point out, though, is that Peabody continues to lag when it comes to gradation rates, and while some school committee members might tell you how it’s better than it used to be, we should still view it as unacceptable that we’re below state average.
The state average of 83% puts Massachusetts at just 11th nationwide, and Peabody’s adjusted rate is 82.2. That not only puts Peabody well behind other area communities such as Beverly and Danvers, but we’re pretty much tied with Salem. To be fair, it does represent improvement over a graduation rate that, in recent years, had hovered around 79%.
But can’t we do better than this?
Let me know what you think.
You can read more details about how Peabody compares in this article from the Patch.