June graduation rates lag behind the state average at Massena school, but officials not concerned
BY JEFF CHUDZINSKI
North Country This Week
MASSENA — June graduation rates continue to lag slightly behind the state average in recent years but that is not cause for concern, Massena school officials say.
Students in the district graduated with their cohort at a rate of 78% in the 2020/21 school year, according to Stephanie Allen, director of curriculum.A cohort consists of students who begin 9th grade and graduate on-time in four years, according to Allen.
Though June graduations were six percent lower than the state average of 84%, August graduations were actually better than the state average, according to Allen.
“We think this is information that should be celebrated. Not all of our students are able to, the first time around, get through that June. But give them a little bit more, some summer schooling, direct instruction. We’re able to get them to graduation and then they can go on for college and career readiness,” she said.
June graduation rates have consistently lagged behind NYS percentages since the 2015/16 school year, ranging from two to six percent.
August graduation rates, however, have steadily improved and have now exceeded the state average in three of the last four years, according to Allen.
During the 2020/21 school year 85% of students graduated, one percent above the state average.
From the 2017/18 school year through the 2020/21 school year, August graduation rates consistently rose from 82% to a new high of 85%.
“Our August grads, we are right there, pretty close onboard and even exceed that of New York State. A little extra time really helps us,” Allen said.