State releases school graduation rates

INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) The Indiana Department of Education on Friday released the 2017 state graduation rate.

Fort Wayne Community Schools posted a graduation rate of 88.95 in 2017. East Allen County Schools’ graduation rate was 91.36.

“We are pleased to see that our graduation rate is again above the state average,” said Fort Wayne Community Schools spokeswoman Krista Stockman. “We work hard to make sure each of our students graduate prepared to successfully go to college or the military or to take on a career. As the details of the new graduation pathways unfold, we will continue to work to make sure our students have access to the programs and resources they need to be successful.”

Northwest Allen’s Carroll High School managed a graduation rate of 98.8 percent, ahead of Southwest Allen County Schools’ Homestead High School’s 96.13 percent.

READ | 2017 Graduation Rate Data

“We are proud of Homestead High School’s graduation rates,” said Homestead principal Park Ginder. “From kindergarten to commencement, these numbers are a testament to the tireless dedication and efforts of SACS students, families, teachers, guidance counselors and our community partners as we work together to prepare today’s learners for tomorrow’s opportunities.”

Garrett High School’s 2017 graduation rate was 97.1 percent. East Noble High School graduated 91 percent of its students in 2017, while Fremont High School managed a graduation rate of just more than 85 percent. Columbia City High School posted a graduation rate of 91.6 percent.

Statewide, Indiana’s waiver graduation rate was 87.19 percent in 2017, and the non-waiver rate was 80.10 percent. In 2016, the waiver graduation rate was 89.07 percent with a non-waiver graduation rate of 82.36 percent.

Since 2006, Indiana has increased its graduation rate by nearly 10 percentage points.

“Our schools are committed to the academic success of our students,” said Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction. “We recognize there is still work to be done, and will continue to partner with local districts to ensure every student graduates prepared for life beyond high school.”