Peabody High grad rate better than before, but still lags behind state average

27 Nov

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

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.

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6 Responses to “Peabody High grad rate better than before, but still lags behind state average”

  1. Anonymous November 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    I’m sure we will get positive spin on this from school committee members who think its great that “only” 20% of kids drop out before graduating. Sickens me. They should all resign.

  2. West Peabody Girl November 28, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Completely unacceptable and one of the reasons why parents are opting to send their children to other schools. The problem is with the administration and the school committee. This has been happening under their watch. We have people that have been sitting on the committee for over 15 years. A change of guard is needed and nothing will change until there are new representatives on the committee. This is a pivotal time for the high school as it is embarking on a new principal search. It is imperative that the right candidate is chosen that will hopefully turn things around and set the wheels in motion for much needed change.

  3. West Peabody Girl November 28, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    ‘right candidate WHO will…’

  4. Anonymous November 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    WPG: you should run for school committee.

  5. the Outfront Guy* December 2, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

    hey WPG…where you been? this is nothing new..and you can break out the rosary beads and pray that the next Principal or the next Super or some new blood on the School Committee will make the difference but dream on my friend….the place that you want us to be is commendable but DARK CITY does not share your view and that is why we are continually mediocre, culturally CONTENT and ok with being mediocre….why? blue collar mentality and TAXES !!!! and that’s how OG sees it.

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