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Iowa’s high school graduation rate increases for class of 2013

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

For the third consecutive year, the state’s graduation rate has increased, according to figures released by the Iowa Department of Education. At the same time, fewer students were dropping out of high school in Iowa.

Graduation rates for the class of 2013 increased for all but one subgroup of students. Of particular note are significant increases among students whose first language is not English (1.82 percent), Hispanic students (2.02 percent), and Native Americans (10.5 percent).

“As a former Iowa superintendent and high school principal, I know the hard work that goes into getting every student across the finish line to complete high school,” said Iowa Department of Education Director Brad Buck. “Iowa’s increasing graduation rate is a testament to the commitment of everyone across the state, from parents to teachers to administrators to policy makers.”

The statewide graduation rate is 89.68 percent, marking a three-year trend. That’s an increase from 89.26 percent in 2012, and 88.32 percent in 2011.

Four-year graduation rate

Four-Year Graduation Rate by Subgroup

 

All Students

IEP

Low SES

ELL

African American

Hispanic

Native American

Asian

White

 

Class of 2013

89.68%

72.74%

80.42%

75.74%

73.82%

79.50%

83.23%

91.12%

91.50%

 

Class of 2012

89.26%

72.70%

79.73%

73.91%

74.11%

77.48%

72.73%

89.88%

91.09%

 

Class of 2011

88.32%

69.88%

78.14%

69.97%

73.23%

75.16%

79.22%

88.52%

90.19%

 

Class of 2010

88.80%

70.60%

78.90%

72.87%

72.00%

76.50%

73.30%

89.82%

90.50%

 

Difference 2012 to 2013

0.42%

0.04%

0.69%

1.82%

-0.29%

2.02%

10.50%

1.24%

0.41%

Though current federal rankings are not yet available, Iowa has consistently landed at or near the top of national rankings for four-year graduation rates. The four-year graduation rate for the class of 2013 increased from the previous year in 170 school districts (54 percent) out of the 316 Iowa districts that had high schools. Thirteen school districts (4 percent) saw no change in their graduation rates from the year before, while 133 districts (42 percent) saw a decrease.

Iowa’s graduation rates are calculated with a formula established by the U.S. Department of Education. Unique student identification numbers allow school districts to carefully account for all ninth-grade students as they move through high school. At the state level, the method helps determine when a student graduates, even if the student has switched districts within Iowa.

Five of Iowa’s 10 largest school districts reported increases in four-year graduation rates. Of those districts, Council Bluffs reported the largest gain of 3.23 percent; the district’s overall four-year graduation rate is 84.74 percent for the class of 2013.

Annual dropout rate in grades 9-12

Grades 9-12 Dropout Rate by Subgroup

 

All Students

IEP

Low SES

ELL

African American

Hispanic

Native American

Asian

White

 

2012-2013

2.82%

4.40%

5.56%

5.66%

6.90%

5.31%

6.70%

1.98%

2.27%

 

2011-2012

3.20%

5.07%

5.99%

5.95%

8.96%

5.82%

6.43%

2.27%

2.58%

 

2010-2011

3.38%

5.22%

5.93%

7.15%

8.56%

6.35%

9.21%

2.48%

2.78%

 

Difference 2011-2012 to 2012-2013

-0.37%

0.67%

-0.43%

-0.30%

-2.06%

-0.51%

0.27%

-0.29%

-0.30%

Iowa’s annual dropout rate decreased in the 2012-13 school year from the year before. The 2012-13 dropout rate was 2.82 percent, a decrease of 0.37 percent from the 2011-12 dropout rate of 3.20 percent.

The rate reflects the percentage of students in grades 9-12 who drop out of school during a single year. The state’s 2012-13 dropout rate represents 4,108 students.

Five-year graduation rate

Five-Year Graduation Rate by Subgroup

 

All Students

IEP

Low SES

ELL

African American

Hispanic

Native American

Asian

White

Class of 2012
Five-Year

92.15%

82.36%

84.84%

82.90%

79.59%

83.60%

80.42%

93.42%

93.55%

Class of 2011
Five-Year

91.45%

80.68%

83.62%

80.08%

79.26%

82.34%

82.47%

92.03%

92.84%

Class of 2010
Five Year

91.80%

81.49%

84.30%

82.02%

79.05%

83.37%

77.78%

94.31%

92.99%

Difference 2011-2012

0.70%

1.67%

1.21%

2.82%

0.33%

1.26%

-2.05%

1.40%

0.70%

The five-year graduation rate reflects students who were part of a graduating class but took an extra year to complete high school. They include students with disabilities and students in at-risk programs.
 
“While these graduation rates are certainly good news, we must continue this momentum, we need to look beyond obtaining a high school diploma and make sure all students are prepared for success after high school,” Buck said.

Iowa’s five-year graduation rate for students who were part of the class of 2012 was 92.15 percent, an increase of 0.7 percent from the 91.45 percent rate for the class of 2011.

 

Iowa Public High School, Class of 2013, 4 Year Graduation Data by District and Subgroup

Class of 2013 Four Year and Class of 2012 Five Year Graduation Rates and 2012-2013 Dropout Rates by District

 

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on March 26, 2015 at 10:46pm.