On Monday, the State finally released the audited graduation statistics for the 2013 school year. Buffalo’s 8 percentage point improvement, from 48% to over 56%, was the most significant increase among the “Big 5″ school districts in the state.
The increase came after attendance officers were hired to address widespread truancy issues (attendance officers hadn’t worked for the district for 6 years), and Say Yes to Education announced that the foundation would pay undergraduate tuition for BPS graduates.
Supporters of former Superintendent Pamela Brown argue that this very significant increase in the graduation rate is to her credit, and proves that she was able to quickly turn the massive district around in short order.
While this data has been available for sometime, the state released the audited graduation figures just this week. For the last year, board member Carl Paladino has refused to acknowledge the legitimacy of that graduation number, because he did not trust the Superintendent and the former Board majority. He said so loudly in the local media, and did much to undermine Brown’s administration.
Understandably, outgoing President of the School Board, Dr. Barbara Nevergold, sees the audited data as proof of the progress made under Brown and her coalition of board members.
Dr. Nevergold writes: