High School Graduation – Intro

BALTIMORE’S PROMISE HAS A GOAL THAT

Youth Graduate from High School Prepared for the Next Step without Remediation

High school graduation is a strong predictor of lifelong success. Nationally, individuals without a high school diploma over the age of 16 face a 14% unemployment rate. National Department of Labor data shows that, for those between the ages of 16 and 19 years, more than 1 in 4 cannot find jobs. Though the percentage of Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) students graduating in four years has been steadily improving, the performance of BCPS students is significantly below the statewide average.

Baltimore’s Promise has identified the high school graduation rate and the remediation rate for those BCPS grads who enroll in a post-secondary institution as the key indicators for this outcome area.