State Data Shows Positive Gains for Caroline Students


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Data recently released by the Maryland State Department of Education shows students on both ends of the enrollment spectrum – kindergarteners and seniors – performed well by state standards, despite challenging circumstances.

Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) scores showed continued improvement for 2021-2022. Caroline once again performed above the state average, and was sixth in the state overall, performing better than 18 other school districts. Of note is that while some Maryland districts only assess a small number of students (a sampling), Caroline administers the KRA to all Pre-Kindergarten students.

In addition, graduation data released from the state showed that Caroline’s graduation rate increased while the drop-out rate decreased. Specifically, last year 368 Caroline high school students earned a Maryland High School Diploma. In 2021, the County four-year cohort graduation rate was 89.76%. (A cohort is a group of students who begin freshman year together and subsequently graduate together.) This graduation rate reflects an increase of 2.14% over the rate of 87.62% recorded in 2020. The 2021 four-year cohort dropout rate was 7.32%, which reflects a decrease of 1.42% from 8.74% recorded in 2020.

Interim Superintendent Derek Simmons stated, “This data is reflective of the fact that our teachers, administrators and support staff remained focused on the goal of student learning throughout the many challenges presented over the past two years.”