DENVER (CBS4) – Denver Public Schools says it is making progress in getting more high school students to graduate in four years.
Data released on Thursday by the Colorado Department of Education shows on-time graduation rates are up 20 points over the last five years, and the five year completion rate rose nearly 70 percent.
Dropout rates have also been cut in half.
DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg on Thursday credited the success on the district’s focus to make sure students get the support they need.
“There is no district in the state that has seen that level of increase. And I don’t think there’s a district in the country that has seen that rate of progress in terms of increase in its graduation rate,” Boasberg said.
This week’s report also show’s promising numbers across the state as well.
Statewide on-time grad rates from the last year increased 1.5 percent.
There is also a decrease in the dropout rate for the sixth year in a row.
Colorado’s public schools saw nearly 500 fewer dropouts last year than in 2011.