BAYONNE, NJ -Bayonne High School’s graduation rate rose by 10 percent over the last four years, according to the latest data, Kenneth Kopacz, assistant superintendent of personnel, announced at the Board of Education’s reorganization meeting Monday.

The latest figures, Kopacz said, show that Bayonne High School graduated 91 percent of its students last year, up from 81 percent in 2015.

While graduation rates across New Jersey have been on the rise as well, the new numbers show Bayonne students appear to be advancing at a rate faster than most school districts elsewhere in the state. The delivery of the reports reflect standards put into place in 2011 by the federal government to a better give better reading of student progress.

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“We originally hoped to increase graduation rates by 7 percent,” Trustee Ava Finnerty said.

The news comes at a good time for the district which is expected to soon undergo an evaluation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education for the first time in more than a decade. Local school officials met with Middle States representatives at an annual conference in November to set up a site visit.

The Commission’s accreditation process ensures institutional accountability, self-appraisal, improvement, and innovation through peer review and the rigorous application of standards within the context of institutional mission.

Trustees said they will begin reviewing policies and taking other actions to prepare for the review.

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