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Superintendent expects graduation rate will improve

Chris Caya/WBFO News

A review is underway to determine why the Buffalo Public Schools graduation rate is now among the lowest in the state.

The rate fell last year from 54 percent to 47 percent. The figures are based on the 2008 cohort, which predates the hiring of Superintendent Pamela Brown.

Brown says the Central Office has "intensified" its support of schools. She says a number of changes have been implemented since last July, including giving principals more responsibility.  

"Prior to my coming, that was not in place. Everything was very much driven by Central Office. Now, school leadership teams are given their resources and the expectation is that they're analyzing the needs of their schools and making decisions about how to use those resources," Brown told reporters Tuesday.

Brown says the district has been providing professional development all year for administrators, teachers, and staff. She says the district is doing more with data to monitor student progress and make changes to instruction where needed.

The superintendent says improvements are being made at all grade levels and expectations for students are now higher. She says she believes the district's graduation rate will improve.

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