The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) district announced Tuesday that the student graduation rate for this past school year hit a record high of 69.4 percent.
By comparison, the graduation rate in the 2012-2013 school year was 65.4 percent, according to CPS.
“Across the district, we continue to see progress that suggests the serious commitment we are making to students is paying off,” CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said in a statement. “We will not be satisfied until all of our students are graduating, but by working to make sure all freshman are on track to graduate, we continue to drive student success in an encouraging upward direction.”
Meanwhile, 82 percent of the students who were in ninth grade last year are on track to graduate, up 25 percent from 2007, an analysis released earlier this year by University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research shows.