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Graduation and proficiency rates trending up over time across the District

Graduation and proficiency rates trending up over time across the District

With graduation season approaching, Acting Assistant Superintendent of Pupil Personnel Services Dr. Marie Gaboton-Swift, presented the improving graduation and proficiency rate trends throughout the District at the Board of Education Meeting on Tuesday, May 7, 2024.  

Overall, English language arts proficiency has increased 26% and math proficiency has increased 29% District-wide in the past 10 years. In that time, the graduation rates have risen from 58% to 74%, an increase of 16%. 

“In the last 10 years, the Mount Vernon City School District has made great progress academically," said Dr. Gaboton-Swift. "We have slowly been making these gains because of the programs we have instituted throughout the years. While the rest of the country was fearful of the educational loss due to the pandemic, Mount Vernon students in our various grades have improved their ELA and math proficiency compared to pre-pandemic scores. Our graduation rates also continued to rise during the pandemic” 

In the past five years, students from all three high schools have enrolled into over 20 prestigious colleges and universities, including Ivy League universities such as Harvard, Cornell and Columbia.  

“These trends are the result of a firm commitment to our scholars over the past several years by our District’s teachers and administrators,” said Acting Superintendent Dr. K. Veronica Smith. “We have introduced new programs in pre-K to 12th grade classrooms in order to advance student achievement, and we have seen tremendous results in test scores, graduation rates, college acceptances and scholarships received.” 

View the trends below:  

Year 

ELA Proficiency 

Math Proficiency 

Graduation Rates (District) 

2013-14 

16% 

12% 

58% 

2014-15 

12% 

15% 

53% 

2015-16 

14% 

13% 

61% 

2016-17 

23% 

16% 

68% 

2017-18 

28% 

22% 

68% 

2018-19 

34% 

28% 

70% 

2019-20 

36% 

31% 

68% 

2020-21 

No Data 

No Data 

72% 

2021-22 

39% 

24% 

79% 

2022-23 

42% 

39% 

74% 

Click here to view the full presentation. 

ELA + Math proficiency
Graduation Rates
84 % graduates go to 4 year college
Prestigious College Enrollment
College Acceptances
College Acceptances

 

Admin posing with no place for hate signs.

For the second year, all 16 Mount Vernon City School District schools were presented with No Place for Hate (NPFH) banners at a ceremony on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at NYU Skirball Center in Manhattan. The district continues to be the largest and now is the first school district in Westchester County to have all of its schools designated as Gold Star No Place for Hate.  

Nathaniel Edwards in front of paper planes on wall.

Nathaniel Edwards, a senior at Mount Vernon High School, was recently accepted into Vaughn College of Aeronautic Engineering, Aviation and Technology, where he will pursue a degree in the Aircraft Operations program. 

Judges speaking at panel discussion

Mount Vernon community members visited Mount Vernon High School for an educational celebration of the 70th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education on Friday, May 17, 2024. The Mount Vernon chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held the celebration to recognize figures who fought against segregation and to acknowledge the progress that is still needed.