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Check out on-time graduation and dropout rate information online for yourself

The Virginia Department of Education released information Tuesday about the on-time graduation  and dropout rates for Virginia students. The Free Lance-Star took a look the area’s school divisions.

The statewide on-time graduation rate for the class of 2012 is 88 percent. Fredericksburg’s on-time graduation rate for James Monroe High School, the city’s only high school, is 81.6 percent, according the the Virginia DOE report released Tuesday.

The on-time graduation rate ”expresses the percentage of students in a cohort who earned a State Board of Education-approved diploma within four years of entering high school for the first time.” This includes advanced studies diplomas, standard diplomas, modified standard diplomas and special diplomas. Modified standard and special diplomas are only available to students with disabilities.

The  statewide drop-out rate for the class of 2012 is 6.5 percent, down from 7.2 percent in 2011. The dropout rate in Fredericksburg is 9.8 percent. It rose from the class of 2011′s drop out rate, which was 9.6 percent, according to the Virginia DOE report.

You can read the Virginia Department of Education report for yourself here. 

To find Fredericksburg’s rates, under the Class of 2012 section, select “school divisions” and an Excel file will be downloaded. Scroll to where it says ‘Fredericksburg City” and you can see the statistics for all students (the numbers we used) and the other subgroups of students.