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April 17, 2014

Local schools improve on graduation rates

North Daviess High School reaches 100 percent for 2013

Every Daviess County high school improved on graduation rates for 2013, according to data from the state Department of Education released Wednesday.

In fact, all the schools were over 90 percent of its students graduating. The state average for 2013 was 88.6 percent.

North Daviess High School had the highest graduation rate for 2013, with 100 percent of its measured students, 60, graduating.

“At North Daviess we strive to keep all students engaged in education,” North Daviess Principal Jed Jerrels said. “It is great news to be at 100 percent graduation rate for our cohort of 2013 graduates.”

North Daviess also had the highest improvement percentage from the year before. In 2012, the state reported ND had an 89.5 percent graduation rate, an aberration compared with 2011 (95.5 percent) and 2010 (93.6 percent).

Another school that showed a high improvement was Washington High School with 91 percent of its students graduating. The rate was eight percentage points higher than 2012, when 83.9 percent graduated.

Wednesday’s announcement marks a continued improvement for Daviess County’s largest high school. In 2010, 74.1 percent of students at WHS graduated. The rate improved in 2011, 83.4 percent, but leveled off in 2012.

WHS Principal LeAnne Kelley praised the school’s faculty and staff for the numerous strategies used to make sure students graduate.

“WHS continues to make student engagement in the classroom a priority,” Kelley said. “Over the last few years, we have made strides in identifying at risk students for on-time graduation and worked especially hard to provide support to all students to see them through to graduation.”

Washington Catholic High School continued an upward trend in graduation rate, with 95.5 percent of measured students graduating. The rate was two points higher than 2012, when WC had a 93.7 percent rate.

Barr-Reeve High School continued improvement, as 41 of 42 students graduated in 2013, for 97.6 percent. The recently-named Four-Star School has a history of high graduation rates. In 2010, the school posted a 100 percent rate.

Loogootee and Shoals reported higher graduation rates for 2013. Loogootee High School cracked the 90-percent barrier with a 93.1 percent graduation rate. The rate was almost 10 points higher than 2012’s 83.8 percent graduation rate. Shoals High School posted a 78 percent graduation rate, 11 points higher than 2012’s 67.7 percent graduation rate.

Pike Central High School also had a high graduation rate, 94.7 percent. It was lower than 2012, but still over state averages.

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