Lee Schools: Graduation rate hits highest level

Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine spoke Friday during an event in Charleston honoring nearly 70 West Virginia high schools for having graduation rates of 90 percent or above. Several area schools were included among those

West Virginia's 'exemplary' high school graduation rate recognized

The district's highest graduation rate was at Broad Ripple High School (98 percent), which will close.

Photo Provided West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine spoke Friday during an event in Charleston honoring almost 70 West Virginia high schools for having graduation rates of 90 percent or above.

The state graduation rate and non-waiver rate both were down slightly from 2016, the department said. Since then, though, the district has seen increasing graduation rates every year - with the exception of 2012.

All four local public school districts exceeded the statewide graduation rate of 87.19 percent, and all but FWCS finished higher than the statewide non-waiver graduation rate of 80.1 percent, the state education department said. The only campus with a substantially higher graduation rate that will remain open is Arsenal Technical High School. "That's what we're here for is to get them to graduate".

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick says "our schools are committed to the academic success of our students".

While graduation rates fell across the board statewide, the decline was particularly pronounced among English language learners (ELL), who saw a 15-percent decrease in graduation rates.

EACS was down similarly in 2017, with a graduation rate of 91.36 percent at its high schools and non-waiver rate of 81.11 percent.

The NACS district's success previous year at Carroll High School included a graduation rate of 98.8 percent and non-waiver graduation rate of 97 percent, up from 96.7 percent and 95.7 percent, respectively, in 2016.

Across the state, Asian (88 percent) and white (89 percent) students, and students who do not come from families that are poor enough to qualify for free or reduced-price lunch (95 percent) have the highest graduation rates. "We are very glad our students are seeing the importance of graduation". They had a graduation rate of 61 percent, down 14 percentage points from past year. IN requires students to pass state tests to graduate unless they can get a waiver by meeting other criteria.

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