Wyoming graduation rates increase for fourth straight year

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Cheyenne, Wyo. - There’s some great news for Wyoming schools, as high school graduation rate improved for the fourth straight year.

The Wyoming Department of Education announced Monday (1/22/18) that graduation rates increased slightly to 80.2 percent in 2016-17. That marks four years of improvement from the class of 2013’s 77.6 percent graduation rate.

Laramie County School District 1 had a graduation rate of 78.65, while Laramie County School District 2 was 89.1%.

State Superintendent Jillian Balow says the Dept. of Education will be working hand-in-hand with schools to continue improving those rates in the coming years.

“We are certainly encouraged to see another year of improvement in our graduation rate,” said State Superintendent Jillian Balow. “We know that graduation rate is more than just a statistic, it’s a huge milestone for every student who receives their diploma. As we look at various measures of how well our schools are doing, this is an important one. We set some high goals for graduation rates in our plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act, and will be working hand-in-hand with our schools to continue to improve.”

Fourteen Wyoming school districts posted graduation rates of 90 percent or above, including Platte County School District 2 who had a 95% graduation rate.

Full graduation rate statistics are available at edu.wyoming.gov/data/graduation-rates/.