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Cinnaminson Has Highest Grad Rate in County, Region

The Department of Education released the numbers this week, and Cinnaminson was tops in Burlington County once again.

Cinnaminson High School has the highest graduation rate in Burlington County and the tri-county region.
Cinnaminson High School has the highest graduation rate in Burlington County and the tri-county region.
Cinnaminson once again has the highest graduation rate in Burlington County, as well as the highest high school graduation rate in the tri-county area, according to numbers released by the state Department of Education

The graduation rate increased by slightly more than 1 percentage point, from 96.68 in 2012 to 97.98 in 2013. 

Cinnaminson's rate surpassed several other high-performing high schools in the county, including Moorestown (97.53 percent), Shawnee (97.01) and Cherokee (96.39).

"We're very proud," said Superintendent Salvatore Illuzzi. 

Cinnaminson also had the highest graduation rate among all high schools in Camden and Gloucester counties. Cherry Hill High School East was second with 97.74. The school with the highest rate in the tri-county area was the Gloucester County Institute of Technology, with 99.55 percent.

This is the third year in a row the state is using the new federal methodology for calculating the graduation rate. The formula takes into account students who enter the high school in ninth grade and those students who left the district. It also counts students who have transferred in or out during the course of the year.

According to Illuzzi, Cinnaminson has had a 100 percent graduation rate among students who stay at the high school for the last several years. The 97.98 comes from students who transfer to other schools, who either don't graduate, or who the district loses track of.

"What it means is our kids are staying in our district, and graduating from our district, which is really what you want," said Illuzzi.

Here's how other nearby districts did:
  • Delran High School — 93.72 percent (2012 — 88.19)
  • Maple Shade High School — 86.96 (2012 — 90.64)
  • Palmyra High School — 86.75 (2012 — 86.05)
Willingboro High School had the lowest graduation rate in the county, with 73.15 percent.

Cinnaminson's rate is more than 10 percentage points higher than the statewide average of 87.5.
John December 05, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Never mind that, how do the students compare to the world like Japan, China, Germany, France....According to the world info the US stinks in comparison....ABC news had a news break on this subject, lets try to make a comparison, ok thanks
John December 05, 2013 at 07:00 PM
So sorry if I am boring people to death but everyone has a different view on ALOT OF THINGS.....How about putting on jackets and taking them outside instead of sitting on cold floors I wonder if there house has carpeting, oh well just a thought..
AnoninCinna December 05, 2013 at 09:11 PM
Wow! Quite an accomplishment! Congratulations to all of the students and teachers! Way to go Cinnaminson Schools! As usual, at the top of the class! (pun intended)
Rob Scott (Editor) December 06, 2013 at 11:18 AM
Pundit, It's certainly fair to question the comprehensiveness of such a report. However, suggesting that the report is "worthless" and has no merit is, in my view, an overreaction. Case in point: If Cinnaminson's graduation rate was, say, 75 percent, people would be furious—and rightly so. They'd be howling in the comments section. The fact that—according to the state's data, however flawed or incomplete you think it might be—Cinnaminson has the highest graduation rate in the county and region does say something, I think.
Rob Scott (Editor) December 06, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Pundit, I don't know that I'm "applauding a distorted report" as much as I'm just saying there's a vast difference between "worthless" and "somewhat questionable." It comes across as though you believe, because information presented to you does not meet your strict standards, then it is irrelevant, or highly suspect. I'm just challenging that notion in an effort to ... encourage introspection.
Phil December 06, 2013 at 01:04 PM
Pundit, I don't think you're ready the report correctly, or article. It measures the students who leave the district in grades 9 through 12. Cinnaminson lost 1 according to that report to drop out, Moorestown lost 4. Here's a link to a PDF of the federal rates: http://www.rentonschools.us/FILES/DISTRICT/Community%20Relations/Fed_gov_changes_calculation_for_hs_grad_rates_4_2013.2.pdf. The first paragraph does a good job of explaining it's based on those entering 9th grade for the first time complete their coursework to graduate within 4 years. Dropouts are one factor but the part I don't agree with is I think it looks like they count those that may leave the district for another one against the district they started 9th with. To me, the federal formula is a little bit odd.
John December 06, 2013 at 01:14 PM
This is fun seeing how people can bend everything to what they want and I am a troll....I have to laugh at that one....We all do it even the editor.....So what do our graduates have for a future, as the world looks at education we are failing, we are not even in the top 25 in Math, reading and etc....
Phil December 06, 2013 at 01:29 PM
http://www.rentonschools.us/FILES/DISTRICT/Community Relations/Fed_gov_changes_calculation_for_hs_grad_rates_4_2013.2.pdf Sorry, Chrome put in a %20 for the space.
that guy December 06, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Regardless of the dropout rate or graduation rate, I still take this as an amazing feat. Every other school, as explained, was set by the same standards. So by comparison to all the other schools, Cinnaminson came out on top. Thats pretty awsome.
Phil December 06, 2013 at 01:54 PM
And that's precisely the point of some of the changes in these reports. Everyone, across the entire country, have to report the same way now.
John December 07, 2013 at 09:23 AM
No matter what we do are say its going to be a joke, numbers can lie. Have a good day

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