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UCS graduation rate of 95.53 percent demonstrates continued growth, outpaces region
UCS graduation rate of 95.53 percent demonstrates continued growth, outpaces region
Posted on 03/12/2021
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Utica Community Schools graduation rate showed improvement and remains one of the region’s top performers, according to a recent state report.

The Center for Educational Performance and Information’s annual report of Michigan graduation rates showed a UCS graduation rate of 95.53 percent for the 2019-2020 school year. This represents an increase over the 2018-2019 rate of 94.2 percent.

UCS graduates outpaced the State of Michigan average of 82.07 percent by more than 13 percentage points.

“Our consistent improvements in graduation rates reflect the high expectations and hard work of our students and educators,” said Interim Superintendent Robert Monroe.  “Along with student performance, the graduation rate is an important indicator of our work to give all UCS students access to rigorous and high-quality courses.”

The graduation rate for Utica Community Schools has grown more than five percent over the past seven years from 90.5 to 95.33.

Regionally, Utica Community Schools graduation rates annually outpace averages in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, and Livingston counties. 

UCS strategies that focus on improving high school graduation rates include:

  •        Multi-Tiered Systems of Support – Utica Community Schools uses this proactive approach to meet each student’s unique need to make sure they are successfully making academic progress. Teachers have been trained to promote learning through three levels – or “tiers." The first tier represent the core academic instructions that a student receives; the second tier would include strategies such as changing the instructional strategy to one that better support a student’s unique learning style; the third tier would give students access to other resources to develop their skills.

·    Achievement Via Individualized Determination (AVID) – AVID is a research-based college readiness support.  Students take rigorous courses and receive additional support in such areas as organization, study skills, and critical thinking, and participate in motivational activities that promote the importance of continuing education after their high school diploma.

  • Credit Review and Recovery – School counselors and administrators begin in ninth grade to closely monitor students to ensure they are staying on track to earn the required credits for graduation. Students needing additional assistance are provided individual support in ninth grade and future years to maintain focus on graduation and successful post-secondary experiences. Through recovery, schools work with students to recover specific credits needed through after-school or summer school opportunities.

CEPI calculates graduation rates by tracking enrollment records of individual students from the time they first enroll as ninth graders. This method, along with concerted efforts by CEPI, school administrators and intermediate school district auditors, accounts for every student.

District and state graduation information is available at: under the K-12th Grade Student Counts section.