Only one in four Nashville schools graduates earn a degree after leaving the district, report shows

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Less than a quarter of Metro Nashville Public Schools’ 4,480 graduates in 2011 earned a college degree after they left the city’s schools.

The majority of those degree-earning students graduated from four-year colleges, according to a report released Thursday by the Nashville Public Education Foundation.

But for those students that decided to enroll in a community college, the results are stark. At Nashville State Community College, for instance, where a quarter of the city’s graduates attended, less than 200 of those students completed a degree program, the report shows.

And the 24 percent number could get even lower, driven in large part by community college attrition rates.

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