State, Oregon graduation rates continue climb

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Scott De Laruelle

When it comes to measuring the success of schools, the percentage of students who graduate is at the top of the list. And while Oregon School District numbers have remained above Wisconsin averages, those state numbers have continued a recent trend of improvement.

According to a press release last week from the Wisconsin Department of Instruction (DPI), public schools in the state have continued an upward trend in high school graduation rates, reaching 88 percent during the 2012-13 school year.

The Oregon School District has been well ahead of the curve for the past few years, ranging between 93.1 and 95 percent since 2007, with 94.7 percent of students graduating (including those who complete requirements after their graduation date) during the most recently calculated 2012-13 school year.

State superintendent Tony Evers said the numbers confirm national reports that put the state among the best in the nation for graduation rates. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Wisconsin is tied for second with its 2012-13 rate of 88 percent.

“Earning a high school diploma is critical to the next steps in a young person’s life – (getting) ready for college and careers,” he said. “Through the hard work of teachers, school staff members, parents and the students themselves, we are making progress to improve graduation rates for all students.”

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