Howard County Public Schools leads all state systems in percentage of high school graduates that go on to enroll in college, according to Maryland Department of Education data.
Officials said that 85.6 percent of Howard County’s high school graduates in 2012 enrolled in college within 16 months of earning a high school diploma. The figure was 16 percentage points higher than the state average, officials said.
Howard County also tops all state school districts in the percentage of African American graduates (78 percent) and Hispanic graduates (75.7 percent) that enroll in a two-or-four year institution, officials said.
In a press release, Superintendent Renee A. Foose said the report “is proof in the power of building a vibrant learning community that engages and inspires students to thrive.”