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While CPS Graduation Rates Rise, Black AP Course Takers Decrease


The state graduation rate for Cincinnati’s public high schools has gone up nearly 20% in the last decade. 

However, Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School’s rate has dropped more than 16%. Withrow University High School has also seen a decline of 16.6%. In 2019 alone, two schools reported graduation rates of at least 99%. Those schools are Walnut Hills High School and the School for Creative and Performing Arts.

Concerns about AP test scores for Black students in Cincinnati were raised during Friday’s Student Achievement Committee meeting. Only 20% of Black students from 10th through 12th grade are taking AP courses. Meanwhile, 55% of white students are taking AP courses.