The Baltimore City Public Schools district is a challenged one, no doubt.

According to district statistics, 84 percent of the 85,000 students are eligible for free and reduced-price lunches — a measure of low family income. In 2013, the last year for which there are complete scores on the Maryland School Assessments, only 14 percent of students scored “advanced” in math and 18 percent in reading. The chronic absence rate in 2014 was more than 24 percent. And the district has an estimated $108 million budget deficit that is likely to result in the “elimination of hundreds of teaching and staff positions,” according to the Baltimore Sun, as well central office layoffs, a reduction in transportation costs and other savings.

But there has been some progress reported in some areas. The dropout rate fell from 24 percent for 2010 to 12 percent in 2013. And the four-year graduation rate rose from 61.5 percent in 2010 to 69.7 percent in 2014.

And there is this: