"That was a big deal for us so that was new, formalizing that plan in 2012, and then we started with the actual work during January of 2013 when we had our first meeting," he said. "Our goal was to really focus on not only the cohort overall, but to also focus on looking at particular subgroups. We know that the data was coming up that while we were making increases in graduation rates, we weren't doing a good job with our special education subgroup, and we weren't doing a good job in our African-American subgroup. So we wanted to make sure that we were closing gaps that existed amongst some of our subgroups that weren't meeting graduation requirements at the rate of the overall county average. I think we've done extremely well. As you can see, we have not only advanced the graduation rates overall, but we have closed that gap … between our special education population, our African-American population and our white subgroup population."