Thursday, March 2, 2017

Lynn Dropout Rates 2016

In addition to the most recent graduation rates, the Massachusetts DESE also reported the newest annual dropout rates at the state, district and individual school levels. Annual dropout rates refer to the percentage of students from any grade 9 through 12 that drop out of school in a given school year and do not re-enroll by the next October. Statewide, the annual dropout rate in 2015-16 was 1.9% with no change from the previous year. Below are the dropout rates for the state's ten urban districts.
Lynn's 4.9% dropout rate was the equivalent of 210 students leaving school during the 2015-16 school year. The previous year Lynn's dropout was 3.8% (or 157 students).

Dropout rates at the individual school level in Lynn varied. Lynn English has seen an increase in the dropout rate recently with a 65% increase over the previous year. Lynn Tech, on the other hand, has seen a pretty steady decline in dropouts over the last five years.
At the subgroup level, there were differences in dropout rates. For example, male students in Lynn dropped out at a rate of 6.1% in 2015-16 compared to 3.5% for female students. 

All data taken from:

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

2016 Lynn Graduation Rates

The Massachusetts DESE just released 2016 4-year graduation rates and noted that for the 10th consecutive year, that graduation rates improved statewide. Last year, the state graduation rate was 87.5% up slightly from in 2015. Below are the newest grad rates for Massachusetts' ten urban districts.

 Over the past decade, Lawrence has seen a 75% increase in its graduation rate.

In Lynn, the graduation rate has been steadily improving over the last five years with a slight dip between 2014 and 2015. Overall, however, the city's graduation rate has improved 17% since 2006. 

At the individual high school level, graduation rates vary although they all fall within a relatively small range. 

Lynn Tech's graduation rate has been improving, going from approximately 60% ten years ago to 77.3% in 2016. Fecteau-Leary, Lynn's alternative school, has also seen an improvement in its graduation rate with a 33% improvement over the last five years. 

All data taken from:

Monday, February 27, 2017

Lynn's Student Population Up 8% Over Last 5 Years

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) recently released the October 1, 2016 enrollment figures for the 2016-17 school year.

The enrollment figures indicate that Lynn's kindergarten enrollment is up about 2.8%  from the previous year after a steady period of decline from 2012-13 through 2015-16. Enrollment at the 6th and 9th grade levels has been increasing over the last five years. Sixth grade enrollment is up 12% during that time frame and ninth grade up 6%. Overall, Lynn Public School District enrollment is up 8% since 2012-13. 

Data from:

Monday, January 30, 2017

Massachusetts Urban School District Enrollment 2016-17

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently released the district enrollment figures for the 2016-17 school year as of October 1, 2016. Below are the enrollments for the ten Commissioner's districts with a comparison to the previous school year.

While most of these districts did report increases in their student populations, some did report decreases. Four districts (Boston, Brockton, Holyoke, and New Bedford) reported slight decreases in their student populations from the previous school year; the reported changes ranged from -267 in Boston to -22 in Holyoke. 

Change from 2015-16
Boston -267
Brockton  -132
Fall River +40
Holyoke -22
Lawrence +190
Lowell +264
Lynn +201
New Bedford -41
Springfield +154
Worcester +403

The total enrollment of these ten districts represents 20% of the state's public school enrollment. 

All data taken from: