Philadelphia’s drop-out rate is much higher than the district had admitted: Only half of students who start ninth grade graduate in four years; after six years, only about 62 percent earn a diploma, according to Johns Hopkins researchers. The rate is much worse for Latino and black students, especially males.
Female students graduate on time at higher rates, and the gender gap was nearly 15 percentage points between 2000 and 2003.
Latino males have the lowest on-time graduation rate of any group in the city: 29.3 percent to 38.2 percent.
Students attending large neighborhood high schools in low-income areas are much more likely to drop out than students attending magnet or vocational schools.
Philadelphia had claimed a 68 percent graduation rate.