Improving Graduation Rates at DISHS Highlighted In MDOE Press Release

Post date: Jun 18, 2012 3:40:34 PM

The Maine Department of Education has released statewide data on graduation and dropout rates for the 2010-11 school year (the data lags by one year due to the method used to calculate the data).  In a press release accompanying the data, the improvements in the graduation rates at DISHS over the past three school years were specifically highlighted: 

One success story along these lines comes from Deer Isle-Stonington High School, where the graduation rate has soared from 57.5 percent in 2009 to 75.4 percent in 2010 and 78.6 percent in 2011.

“The entire faculty has focused their school improvement efforts on establishing and implementing college and career readiness standards, providing just-in-time supports and interventions when students show signs of struggling, and providing regular and frequent time for teachers to engage in ongoing professional learning,” according to Mark Kostin, associate director of the Great Schools Partnership, a non-profit that worked closely with the school on its efforts to redesign the way they do high school.

DISHS has set a goal of a 90% graduation rate for the recently graduated Class of 2012 and a rate of 95% for the Class of 2013 and all subsequent classes.  See the DISHS School Improvement Action Plan for more information about historical graduation rates and the strategies we use to improve the graduation rate.