Ohio Valley schools honored for high graduation rates

Lester Mason
January 14, 2018

The Indiana Department of Education says the waiver graduation rate was 87.2 percent, while the non-waiver rate was 80.1 percent, compared to 89.1 percent and 82.4 percent in 2016. Several statewide initiatives contributed to the steady increase in the graduation rate.

PikeView, Montcalm, James Monroe and River View high schools are among the schools with a graduation rate of 90 percent or more.

Lewis Cass High School had the highest graduation rate among the four Cass County school corporations at 93.9 percent.

At the district level, Franklin Township had the highest graduation rate (97 percent). Eighty-three percent of students graduated, up 6 percentage points from 2016.


The area schools honored Friday included Williamstown High School and Parkersburg South High School in Wood County, Calhoun County Middle/High School in Calhoun County, Doddridge County High School in Doddridge County, Gilmer County High School in Gilmer County, Ripley High School and Ravenswood High School in Jackson County, St. Marys High School in Pleasants County, Roane County High School in Roane County and Tyler Consolidated High School in Tyler County. The improvement significantly narrowed the gap between the district and the state average. "Our graduation rate has exceeded our Vision 2020 target for the second year in a row and I'm extremely proud to see the rates for African American and Hispanic students increasing by 5% and 1.3% respectively". The increase this year is especially notable because there was also a decline in the number of graduates who earned diplomas without passing state tests.

The district's non-waiver graduation rate (students who receive their diplomas without a special waiver allowing them to fail required tests) also increased to 70.3 percent past year - up from 64 percent in 2016.

In IPS, most of the gains were at schools slated to close at the end of this year.

About 70 West Virginia high schools were recognized for having exemplary graduation rates of 90 percent or more during the 2016-17 school year. Matt Jones, principal, said each year the school strives for at least a 90 percent rate. They had a graduation rate of 61 percent, down 14 percentage points from previous year.

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