GDOE seeing better student graduation rates

Guam Department of Education (PNC file photo)

The Guam Department of Education was able to successfully reach its 5-year goal of improving student graduation rates.

During a policy review and planning committee meeting, GDOE research planning, and evaluation administrator Dr. Zeni Natividad announced the results of the “Pathway to Graduation” program.

One of GDOE’s goals was that by the year 2020, 80 percent of GDOE students will have a cohort graduation rate.

In her report, Natividad said students have not only been progressing academically, but they reached their goal of 80% graduation earlier than expected.

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“As of January 2020, we stated that objective 1.1, we will have at least 80%. We reached that goal as early as 2017. By 2018, we have 84.5% cohort graduation rate and by 2019, it is 87.3%. I did not yet include 2020 but it is higher that 87.3% although I am continuing to discuss with the national center for education statistics how the other states computed the graduation rate considering the COVID pandemic situation, so did we meet our goal? Yes, we did!” Natividad stressed.