By School Graduation Rates

As requested, listed below are the graduation rates for each high school in PWCS. They are listed overall and for economically disadvantaged (ED) and not economically disadvantaged (not ED) students.  They are also listed for Males and Females, as that was a shocker yesterday.  If the numbers are too small for you to read, like they are for me, here’s a pdf of the same file with larger print ===> By school grad rates – 2013.

They’ve also been uploaded to the Test Scores page, which has lots of data for you to look at if you ever get bored and want to look at numbers.

Note:  Report is updated below the chart to clarify what these %’s mean.

By School Rates - 2013


The numbers presented in the chart above are the percentage of that population of students that graduated with a particular type of diploma. For instance, 100% of the ED students at Brentsville who graduated, achieved a Standard diploma. That doesn’t mean 100% of Brentsville’s ED students graduated.

The chart below is the on-time graduation rate and drop out rate for each school in the county.

Carrying on the Brentsville example, in the class of 2013, 83% of Brentsville’s ED students graduated on-time, with 100% of them achieving a standard diploma, 14% dropped out, and the rest either earned a GED or are still enrolled.

This chart will probably be the more controversial of the two, because of the dropout rates at some schools.  The numbers on the chart are percentages.  The numbers for All and ED students came directly from the state report linked as the source.  The numbers for not ED students are not provided by the state and were calculated from the All and Not ED numbers.  The chart is here is in pdf and on the Test Scores page ===>On-time and drop out rates – by school – 2013


On time and dropout rates by School - 2013

What Are We Doing to Our Boys?

For many years now the education establishment has been focused on improving the performance of girls in school.  We have initiatives to increase the number of girls going to college, to increase female involvement in STEM courses, even programs for girls to be more physically active.  These programs don’t exist for boys.

Lately statisticians have begun to ring a warning bell.  They note that these programs that confer preferential treatment to girls appear to be doing so at the expense of boys.  Many feminists scoff at that as they consider it boys, or men, finally getting what they deserve.

Because I’ve been running reports I ran one comparing the on-time graduation rates for girls to the on-time rates for boys (see boys versus girls – grad rates).  I didn’t expect to see a significant difference.  I was wrong.

About 48% of the class of 2013 was girls.  About 52% was boys.

About 93% of girls graduated on-time.  About 89% of boys did.

About 63% of girls earned an advanced diploma.  About 53% of boys did.

About 4% of girls dropped out of school.  About 6% of boys did.

Remember, there were more boys than girls in the class of 2013, so you’d expect that there would be more boys than girls graduating on-time and achieving an advanced diploma, but there weren’t.  Instead, girls outnumbered boys in every category, except dropouts.

What are we doing to our boys?

Victims of Our Demographics?

Followers of the school division and this blog will recall that PWCS representatives frequently cite our demographics as justification for lower SOL pass rates, SAT / ACT scores, and graduation rates than other jurisdictions in our area.  That assertion is rarely challenged. Read the rest of this entry »

About Failing Leadership and Unfair Portrayals

Over the last several days the social media world in PWC has been up in arms over accusations that school division leadership is failing our schools and that characterizations of our schools as failing are unfair.  On one hand you have Justin Wilk, who has written several letters that were published in local media that expose and call into question less than desirable things happening in our schools.  On the other hand you have PWCS and school board Chairman Milt Johns, who clearly don’t care for what Justin has to say and lashed out at Justin in a recently published response that was shared with every teacher, public school employee, and parent of a child in the school division.

Justin is justifiably upset at how he was characterized in Chairman Johns’ letter and is upset that the school division shared Chairman Johns’ letter with everyone they have access to. To Justin, I say welcome to the club.  Attacking the messenger is something PWCS does exceptionally well.

This blog started as an offshoot of the math wars here in Prince William County.  It was created by the parents who were denigrated on a regular basis by PWCS for exposing the truth about Math Investigations.  For several years PWCS had a publication on their web site that identified a parent by name and more or less called him a liar.  However, I must note that during the math wars, Chairman Johns was one of the few school board members who stood up for us and challenged the school division’s spin.

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PWC’s Proffers Still Lowest in Area

The PWC BOCS just posted the agenda and supporting documents for the June 3, 2014 meeting.  One item is reviewing the amounts county staff recommend as proffers.

Below is a chart listing the proffers required from Prince William, Loudoun, Fauquier, and Stafford counties.  As you can see, the proffers PWC is recommending for schools for single family homes are still the lowest in the area.  This is despite PWCS building a $100 million high school, the most expensive high school built in the state of Virginia.  Here is the file in PROFFERS – updated- May-2014

None of the Above

Among the plans for the proposed boundary changes for the 12th high school, two have emerged as the “top contenders”; Administration Recommendation v 1.1 and Plan 2.1.(a).

I’d like to suggest a third plan – None of the Above. Read the rest of this entry »

Planned Failure

PWCS projects that it will open the 13th high school in the fall of 2019 to relieve overcrowding in western end high schools.  Battlefield high school opened in the fall of 2004 and Patriot high school opened in the fall of 2010.  PWCS knew that both Battlefield and Patriot would be overcapacity before they opened, yet their “plan” for relieving that overcrowding was to wait 9 – 14 years until the 13th high school opened in the fall of 2019.

Based on the enrollment projections provided by PWCS, the 13th high school is overcapacity, 5 years before it opens.

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