New education report shows statewide graduation rate of 85 percent

A new graduation rate report from Indiana’s Department of Education today shows more than 85 percent of Hoosier high school students graduated last year.  That’s the highest graduation rate since the state began keeping track in 2005.  In the IPR listening area, major school districts saw graduation rates close to the state average of 85 percent.  That includes Muncie Community Schools, whose graduation rate dropped 5 percent from 2010.

One exception is Anderson Community School Corporation.  Like most area schools, their graduation rate improved.  But a 2011 graduation rate of only 66.2 percent makes them the third worst district for graduating high school students within four years.

The district with the worst rate in the state is also the largest – Indianapolis Public Schools – with a graduation rate of just over 64 percent.  One Hoosier school achieved a 100 percent graduation rate last year.  All 17 students at New Harmony School in southwestern Indiana graduated on time.

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