Making the Grade: PISD graduation rate soars from 67 to 91 percent

Making the Grade: PISD graduation rate soars from 67 to 91 percent
Posted on 10/14/2017
Making the Grade: PISD graduation rate soars from 67 to 91 percent

Graduation rate
By Reesha Brown
PISD Communications 

In 2007, Pasadena ISD’s graduation rate barely peeked above the 65 percent mark. In just nine years, the district has boosted its graduation rate from 67.2 to nearly 91 percent.

“When our graduation rate was hovering around 67 percent, we knew that we needed to address the issue and make a paradigm shift,” said Dr. DeeAnn Powell, Pasadena ISD superintendent.

That is just what they did. Through various innovative programs, PISD administrators, counselors and teachers rolled up their sleeves and focused their efforts on helping students graduate on time.

Pasadena ISD’s graduation score has continued to rise ever since. In 2009, the district reported a graduation rate of 71 percent, an increase of over 4 points since 2007. By 2011, the graduation rate rose to 86.2 percent and continued to grow to 88.8 percent by 2012. 

When House Bill 5 legislation passed in 2013, Pasadena ISD adopted college and career readiness programs as a means of helping students graduate. These programs include: 

For the next two years, PISD’s graduation rate increased to 89.4, parallel to the state average. In 2016, PISD shattered the state average and reached an all-time high of 90.9percent.

District officials expect the graduation rate to continue to rise as they develop more programs aimed at fitting the learning style of all students and giving them to power to choose their own path to a high school diploma, college and a career.

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