CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) announced today that high school graduation rates increased to 81.7 percent in 2017-18, which marked the fifth consecutive year of improvement from the class of 2013’s 77.6 percent graduation rate.
Full graduation rate statistics are available here.
“We set high goals for graduation rates in our plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act, and this increase – for a fifth straight year – just proves that when we work hand-in-hand with our school districts, good things continue to happen,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow. “Raising the graduation rate is a conscious, concerted effort by all. For students getting a high school diploma is a watershed moment – and it means they are now ready to start a career, go off to college, or join the military.”
Fifteen Wyoming school districts posted graduation rates of 90 percent or above:
Fremont #2: 100.00%
Fremont #6: 100.00%
Park #16: 100.00%
Sheridan #3: 100.00%
Lincoln #1: 97.50%
Sublette #1: 97.18%
Weston #7: 95.45%
Big Horn #2: 94.74%
Platte #2: 93.33%
Uinta #4: 93.22%
Sweetwater #2: 92.34%
Big Horn #4: 91.30%
Platte #1: 91.18%
Big Horn #3: 90.91%
Park #1: 90.48%
Since the 2009-10 school year, the WDE has calculated graduation rates using the Federal Four-Year Adjusted Cohort methodology established by the U.S. Department of Education, complying with federal law that requires all states to calculate graduation rates the same way. Students are counted in the four-year, “on-time,” high school graduation rate if they earn a diploma by September 15 following their cohort’s fourth year. Five- and six-year graduation rates are also calculated, and can be viewed with the rest of the graduation rate data.
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Michelle Panos, Communications Director
This week I was recognized as a National AfterSchool Association’s influential state leader. It was an honor to receive the award and a privilege to attend and present at their spring convening. The Wyoming AfterSchool Alliance (WYAA) connects with students and adults across the state. They have thirty afterschool programs statewide. Additionally WYAA is an excellent partner in early learning, educator professional development, and STEM efforts. Soon, they will be working on juvenile justice issues to help reduce the school to prison pipeline. My work with WYAA precedes my tenure as State Superintendent. Executive Director, Linda Barton, her board, staff, and programs have always supported families and children, education, and self-sufficiency. When afterschool programs and schools partner closely with one another, students benefit, period. http://wyafterschoolalliance.org/
Update on Chapter 31 Rules
Emergency rules for Ch. 31 graduation requirements were signed on April 14. Regular rule writing has already begun and will likely include the review of Chapter 6 (Accreditation), Chapter 10 (Standards), and HB19. All these documents will help in providing guidance for Chapter 31 rules.
It is our goal to draft rules that follow statute and provide the guidance necessary for Wyoming school districts to understand the requirements for students to receive a high school diploma. Thank you for your continued input on the process and rules.
The WDE will hold another round of public meetings to discuss draft science standards. Here are the dates and locations: