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Graduation rates continue to increase in Wyoming schools

Published: Jan. 26, 2021 at 10:37 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (PRESS RELEASE) -

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) announced today that high school graduation rates increased to 82.3% in 2019-20, marking the seventh consecutive year of improvement from the class of 2013, where 77.6% of students graduated.

Full graduation rate statistics are available here.

“When we work hand-in-hand with our school districts to make sure every student can succeed, good things happen,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow. “Wyoming continues to set high standards for our graduates, which is reflected in our plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act, and evidenced in the graduation rate increase. That it’s our seventh-consecutive year for an increase demonstrates that our plans, our partnerships, are working.”

Eighteen Wyoming school districts posted graduation rates of 90 percent or above, up from 15 districts last year:

  • Park #16 - 100.0%
  • Washakie #2 - 100.0%
  • Big Horn #4 - 95.8%
  • Sublette #9 - 95.6%
  • Park #1 - 95.2%
  • Lincoln #1 - 95.1%
  • Laramie #2 - 94.9%
  • Carbon #2 - 94.7%
  • Sublette #1 - 93.7%
  • Teton #1 - 93.6%
  • Fremont #24 - 93.5%
  • Sheridan #1 - 92.3%
  • Converse #2 - 92.3%
  • Crook #1 - 91.6%
  • Fremont #2 - 90.9%
  • Fremont #1 - 90.8%
  • Sweetwater #2 - 90.0%
  • Sheridan #3 - 90.0%

Since the 2009-10 school year, the WDE has calculated graduation rates using the Federal Four-Year Adjusted Cohort Methodology established by the U.S. Department of Education, complying with federal law that requires all states to calculate graduation rates the same way. Students are counted in the four-year, “on-time,” high school graduation rate if they earn a diploma by September 15 following their cohort’s fourth year. Five and six year graduation rates are also calculated, and can be viewed with the rest of the graduation rate data.

The graduation rate data for the class of 2020 shows an increase in the overall graduation rate for NCSD’s high schools. The graduation rate for the class of 2020 is 80.9%. The aggregate four-year on-time graduation rate for the three traditional high schools is 83.1%, which is a flat rate in comparison to the previous year.

Kelly Walsh High School: 84.6% (from 85.3%)

Midwest High School: 92.3% (from 83.3%)

Natrona County High School: 81.3% (from 81.6%)

Roosevelt High School, NCSD’s alternative high school, had a graduation rate of 61.12%, a 16.9% point increase from last year. This is the first year of the implementation of Regulation 6400 changes, which identifies 20 credits required for graduation at the alternative high school.

The steadiness of the NCSD graduation rate is a testament to the dedicated work of students, parents, teachers, and staff. We are exceedingly proud of our students, staff, and school families for their dedication to continued educational excellence amid a global pandemic,” Superintendent Jennings said. “Last spring was a challenging and quick transition to virtual learning for all. The graduating class of 2020 persevered with continued high expectations for themselves, a commitment to success, and true determination and effort to achieve academic excellence each day. We are incredibly proud of their resilience and success.

The increase is an important step towards NCSD’s Strategic Goal of improving high school graduation rates with intentional planning and collaboration between students, parents, and schools. Natrona County Schools said they “sincerely appreciate our valued staff, parents, and community for their partnership in assisting us towards our mission to empower every learner to grow, excel and be a successful contributor to the local and global community.”

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