Statement on Wilson High School’s Graduation and Attendance Rates

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)’s recent report indicates that at least 34% of Wilson graduates did not qualify to graduate under DCPS attendance policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), has released the following statement on how Wilson High School fared in OSSE’s recent report analyzing high school attendance and graduation outcomes:

 

“It is deeply disappointing to hear that Wilson High School is also engulfed in the issue of giving diplomas to students who have not met DCPS’s graduation requirements. The report made public by the Office of the State Superintendent shows that at least 34% of Wilson graduates did not meet attendance requirements to graduate per DCPS policy. This is proof, yet again, that the problem in DCPS is not limited to one or two high schools; rather there is systemic pressure to push students through the system. By protecting DCPS officials, we are cheating our students, and that is appalling. It will be very difficult for me to trust future claims of growing graduation rates when we have evidence today that DCPS has been cooking the books or not following their own policies. I look forward to working with Councilmember Grosso and the Committee on Education to get underneath this issue, and to make recommendations to improve the education system for all of our students.”

 

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