Graduation Rates Rise Again at Mayfield High
By Kim Hamby, Mayfield Independent Schools
MAYFIELD, KY - Figures from the latest release of graduation rates in Kentucky show positive gains again at Mayfield High School. According to numbers released by the Kentucky Department of Education, the school’s graduation rate jumped 5.9 percentage points from the previous year.
Mayfield High School’s Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR) for the 2010-2011 school year was 87.7 percent, up from 81.8 in 2009-2010. That figure is well above the statewide average of 78.0. Within the 30 school district West Kentucky Educational Cooperative, Mayfield moved from ranking 12th in the region in 2010 to 7th in 2011, behind only Lyon County High School, Calloway County High School, Muhlenberg County High School, Webster County High School, Heath High School, and Ballard Memorial High School.
“The staff, students and administrators at Mayfield Independent have all had a contributing role in our success.” says Joe Henderson, Assistant Superintendent for Mayfield Independent Schools. “Everyone works hard to keep all our students on track for graduation from the day the students enter kindergarten to the day of graduation.”
The AFGR model of calculating graduation rates began last year, and will continued to be used in Kentucky for NCLB accountability purposes until 2013. At that time, the cohort model of accountability will be implemented as mandated by the U.S. Department of Education. The AFGR provides an estimate of the percentage of high school students who graduate within four years as of 2011, based upon the average of a school’s students in Grade 9 in the fall of 2007 and Grade 10 in the fall of 2008.