MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WUSA) - With nearly 150-thousand students, Montgomery County Public Schools are in one of the largest school districts in the country.

Despite the size, Superintendent Joshua Starr says the district has a strong record of success. He highlighted some of the achievements today in front of a room packed with students, teachers, and parents.

Starr said, "MCPS has had the highest graduation rate among the nation's large school districts>"

Starr also pointed out other strides the district has made --- in student access to AP classes and in their efforts to team up with local industries to give their students real world experience.
While he says there has been progress, he said there is room for growth.

He said, "We are leading the way in graduation rate but we must recognize that an African American or Hispanic ninth grader is 3 or 4 times more likely to drop out before graduation than a white or Asian student. And while our dropout rate has been decreasing over the years, that gap hasn't narrowed."

Parents and teachers told 9News that Monday's speech on the state of Montgomery County Schools was encouraging.

They feel improvements are being made in this already strong district - but they also feel the superintendent is focusing on creating change in key areas.

One teacher said Starr is focusing on bringing equality for all groups.

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