Kent’s graduation rate climbs from 10th to 5th in the state

ROCK HALL — Kent County Public Schools’ graduation rate is in the top five in Maryland.

The data was released by the Maryland State Department of Education on Tuesday, March 26.

According to the MSDE report, Kent County Public Schools rose from 10th in the state based on 2022 graduation data to fifth in 2023.

The graduation rate at Kent County High School rose from 92.65% in 2022 to the 94.24% reported for 2023.

“Our significant improvement in the graduation rate is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our administrators, principals, teachers and staff,” Superintendent Karen Couch said in a written statement Tuesday.

She said the achievement “reflects our collective commitment to excellence and the success of every student.”

There are 24 public school systems in Maryland — 23 counties and Baltimore City.

The four with higher graduation rates for 2023 than Kent all showed a percentage of greater than or equal to 95. They are Carroll, Queen Anne’s, Talbot and Worcester counties.

The graduation rate for the state of Maryland for 2023 is 85.81%.

The state’s graduation data can be found on the Maryland Report Card website, reportcard.msde.maryland.gov.

Trish McGee, owner and publisher of The Evening Enterprise, is an elected member of the Kent County Board of Education. She did not contribute to this reporting.

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