Pleasantville High School graduation

Pleasantville HIgh School graduation Tuesday June 20, 2017. (The Press of Atlantic City / Edward Lea Staff Photographer)

For the sixth year in a row, the number of students graduating from high school in New Jersey has grown.

According to data released Friday by the state Department of Education, the high school graduation rate for 2017 is 90.5 percent, up 1.9 percentage points since 2014.

“These increases in high school graduation rates are exciting, as they demonstrate we are on a path toward closing our achievement gaps and achieving excellent and equitable educational opportunities for our children,” said acting Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet.

New Jersey’s graduation rate continues to be among the highest in the nation, with an additional 2,219 more students earning diplomas in 2017 than in 2014.

In the Press coverage area, the Atlantic County Institute of Technology had the highest percentage of students graduate in 2017 at 98.7 percent, down less than 1 percentage point from 2016.

Bridgeton High School saw the lowest graduation rate at 73.2 percent, down 5.5 percentage points from 2016.

New Jersey releases 2017 four-year high school graduation rates

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Field 1 Field 2 Field 3 Field 4 Field 5
COUNTY DISTRICT 2016 4-YEAR GRAD RATE 2017 4-YEAR GRAD RATE DIFFERENCE
CUMBERLAND BRIDGETON CITY 78.8 73.2 -5.6
CUMBERLAND MILLVILLE CITY 90.8 85.3 -5.4
ATLANTIC HAMMONTON TOWN 91.6 86.8 -4.8
ATLANTIC BUENA REGIONAL 91.7 87.0 -4.7
CAPE MAY WILDWOOD CITY 79.1 75.9 -3.2
CAPE MAY LOWER CAPE MAY REGIONAL 81.2 78.9 -2.3
ATLANTIC GREATER EGG HARBOR REG 92.3 90.1 -2.2
OCEAN OCEAN COUNTY VOCATIONAL 100.0 98.2 -1.8
ATLANTIC ATLANTIC CO VOCATIONAL 99.0 98.7 -0.3
OCEAN SOUTHERN REGIONAL 93.6 93.6 0.0
CAPE MAY MIDDLE TWP 81.3 81.5 0.2
CAPE MAY CAPE MAY CO VOCATIONAL 97.1 98.0 0.8
CAPE MAY OCEAN CITY 95.2 96.3 1.1
CUMBERLAND CUMBERLAND REGIONAL 86.5 88.0 1.5
ATLANTIC EGG HARBOR TWP 92.3 94.2 1.9
CUMBERLAND VINELAND CITY 76.6 78.8 2.2
ATLANTIC MAINLAND REGIONAL 93.7 95.9 2.2
ATLANTIC ATLANTIC CITY 76.1 80.5 4.4
OCEAN PINELANDS REGIONAL 86.6 91.9 5.3
ATLANTIC PLEASANTVILLE CITY 80.9 86.6 5.7

Pleasantville High School had the largest increase in its graduation rate from 2016 to 2017 at nearly 6 percentage points. Last year, 86.6 percent of students there graduated, up from 80.9 percent the year prior.

Pinelands Regional High School and Atlantic City High School also saw large increases from the prior year’s graduation rate.

Data shows not only is the state doing better as a whole in 2017, but student subgroups saw a greater increase in graduation rates than the New Jersey average over 2016 particularly for Hispanic, black, Native American, economically disadvantaged, English language learners and homeless students.

This is also the first year the state DOE is releasing district and state-level School Performance Reports. It previously only released school-level reports. Education officials say the new information offers parents and other education stakeholders a perspective that tells how an entire school district is performing.

School, district and state report cards are at nj.gov/education.

Contact: 609-272-7251 CLowe@pressofac.com Twitter @clairelowe

Staff Writer

I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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