Produced from data collected from the island’s 41 public schools, the Guam Department of Education’s Annual State of Public Education Report provides insight into the conditions of the island’s school system through student demographics, budget expenditures, and federal revenue sources.
Highlights of the report include the increasing graduation rate, which reached an all-time high of 87.3% in school year 2018-2019 as well as the dropout rate remaining at a low of 3.2%, which can be considered a success, according to Guam Education Board Chairman Mark Mendiola.
“That’s a plus for us because that’s something we’ve had as one of our goals in 2020. So I think we’re a year in advance for that. 2021 is what I think is when we are set to increase the rate to 80%,” Mendiola said.
While the report says that public school students have been performing well in English, the Guam Department of Education continues to strengthen results in other subjects such as Math and Reading, which students have been struggling with.
“It’s an eye-opener for some areas that we need to look at. But I’m confident in the Superintendent’s team and the vision that needs to be implemented so we can get high achievers in these areas,” Mendiola said.