Indiana Graduation Rate Holds Steady
April 16, 2014 – The Indiana Department of Education says the state’s overall graduation rate has remained the same over the last two years. The 2012 – 2013 school year graduation rate data, released on April 16, shows that the overall rate of graduation was 88.6%, compared to 88.7% in the previous year. The state’s non-waiver graduation rate was 81.72% in 2012 – 2013.
“There is some encouraging information in this release,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, in a press release. “While the overall graduation rate is largely the same as it was in 2012, when you dig into the data it becomes clear that more of our students are graduating without a waiver and passing their end of course assessments. This is a crucial step in ensuring that our students graduate from high school both college and career ready.”
The data is broken down to show graduation rates for individual schools, school corporations, public and non-public schools, giving a more detailed picture of graduation rates across the state. In Lake County, 21st Century Charter School of Gary recorded the only 100%, with a graduating class of 24 students. Two other Gary schools, Thea Bowman Leadership Academy and Wirt-Emerson Visual and Performing Arts Academy, each had rates above 95%, while Lew Wallace and Roosevelt recorded some of the lowest graduation rates, at 54.9% and 41.3% respectively. The School City of Hammond also fell below the state average, with its four high schools recording a combined 75% graduation rate.
The data is more favorable for larger schools. For example, Valparaiso High School had a rate of 92.1%, with 489 of 531 students graduating and 42 students who did not earn a diploma. River Forest High School, with a smaller graduating class of 88 out of 123 students, had 35 students who did not graduate, but only a 71.5% graduation rate.
Graduation data for all Indiana schools can be found on the Department of Education website at www.doe.in.gov/accountability.