Wyoming graduation rate increases

By: Morgan Hughes, Wyoming Tribune Eagle

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s four-year high school graduation rate has risen for the fifth year in a row to its highest level since at least 2010.

The state Education Department reports that 81.7 percent of students graduated on time last year.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow said some factors that likely contributed to the increase were improved data accuracy; a focus not only on college readiness, but also on career and military readiness; and local efforts by individual districts.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that 15 school districts across the state graduated 90 percent or more of their students in 2018, up from 14 districts in 2017. Four of those districts had 100 percent graduation rates.

The districts across the state with 90 percent or higher graduation rates are: Fremont 2, 100 percent; Fremont 6, 100 percent; Park 16, 100 percent; Sheridan 3, 100 percent; Lincoln 1, 97.5 percent; Sublette 1, 97.18 percent; Weston 7, 95.45 percent; Big Horn 2, 94.74 percent; Platte 2, 93.33 percent; Uinta 4, 93.22 percent; Sweetwater 2, 92.34 percent; Big Horn 4, 91.3 percent; Platte 1, 91.18 percent; Big Horn 3, 90.91 percent; and Park 1, 90.48 percent.

Teton County School District did see a dip in the graduation rate for the 2017-18 academic year, falling to 87.8%. District spokesperson Charlotte Reynolds said administrators, as always, are diligently looking into various factors that may have caused the slight decline. She added that TCSD still exceeds the state’s minimum graduation requirements.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com

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