WY Graduation Rates Continue Upward Trend
The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) announced the average graduation rate continues to improve throughout the state. The statewide graduation rate for the 2017-18 school year is 81.7 percent, up 1.5 percent over the previous school year.
“We set high goals for graduation rates in our plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act, and this increase – for a fifth straight year – just proves that when we work hand-in-hand with our school districts, good things continue to happen,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow.
The latest methodology was established in 2010 by the U.S. Department of Education. The on-time graduation rate not only ensures that states are complying with the Every Student Succeeds Act, but also provides that all stats are being measured with the same criteria.
Four districts around the state show graduation rates of 100 percent:
- Fremont County School District #2 in Dubois
- Fremont County School District #6 in Pavillion
- Park County School District #16 in Meteetse
- Sheridan County School District #3 in Clearmont
WDE Communications Director Michelle Panos said graduation rates are just one factor in demonstrating a school’s success.
Panos said success isn’t just getting the students ready for college, but also making sure they’re ready for careers as well as preparing for the military.
Campbell County Superintendent Dr. Alex Ayers was in Cheyenne for the announcement. The overall graduation rate in Campbell County is 83 percent.
“We still have work to do, but we’re pleased with our over 5 percent increase on our 4-year, on-time graduation rate,” Ayers said of Campbell County School District. “We are also pleased that every high school in our district improved their graduation rate from the previous year.”
Ayers said that school success is a community effort. However, the number one factor is the relationships students have with the faculty and staff.
Click here to see the graduation rate broken down by school.
During the teleconference, Ayers outlined some of the recent changes in Campbell County, which may have contributed to the district’s success: moving ninth grade into the high schools and establishing two high schools, changing to a seven-period day, and increasing the number of principals and counselors in each high school.