Area Graduation Rates Beat National Average

(Beloit, WI) Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News

Graduation rates at high schools in the Beloit area remain strong, showing more than 80 percent of Beloit students graduate in four years. In the Turner District more than 90 percent get a diploma in four years.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) on Friday released graduation rate figures for high schools in the state, showing Wisconsin’s high school graduation rates are among the top in the nation.

The national graduation rate is 81 percent for the 2012-2013 school year. Wisconsin’s 88 percent graduation rate, reported to the public last spring is behind Iowa at 90 percent and tied for second with Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Texas. Wisconsin’s graduation rate was 87 percent for the 2010-2011 school year, 87.5 percent for 2012 graduates and 88 percent for the class of 2013.

The cohort rate reflects students who graduate high school in four years while the legacy rate indicates students who need additional time to earn their diploma. DPI tracks graduation up to six years once a student has started high school.

Beloit Memorial High School’s 4-year cohort graduation rate was 81.9 percent for the 2012-2013 school year. Beloit’s 4-year graduation rate in 2011-2012 was 83 percent, and in 2010-2011 the 4-year graduation rate was 84.5 percent.

The 5-year rate for Beloit for 2012-2013 was 92.3 percent up from Beloit’s 2011-2012 5-year rate of 90.4 percent and up from Beloit’s 2010-2011 5-year rate of 86 percent.

The 5-year rate for Beloit for 2012-2013 exceeded the state rate which was 90.8 percent, according to Assistant Superintendent of Operations and Administration Dr. Tom Johnson.

Johnson said the goal of every high school is to graduate as many students as possible within their 4-year cohort. However, he said the district recognizes that some students may need more time whether it be an additional term, semester or year.

“This can be due to gaps in learning, mobility and credit deficiency to name a few reasons. Beloit has made a concerted effort to provide high quality intervention programming in addition to universal instruction to help our students graduate in four years or with additional time as needed,” Johnson said. “We want our four-year rate to be strong and continue to climb. I am never satisfied with our rates until we can get every child to graduate. However, I am heartened to see an increase in students who needed additional time to graduate at a higher percentage than the previous year. There is always room for improvement and we are committed to just that.”

The Beloit Turner School District’s 4-year cohort graduation rate was 91.2 percent for the 2012 – 2013 school year. Beloit Turner’s 4-year graduation rate in 2011-2012 was 97.6 percent, and in 2010-2011 the 4-year graduation rate was 94.7 percent.

The 5-year rate for the Beloit Turner School District for 2012-2013 was 97.7 percent up from its 2011-2012 5-year rate of 94.7 percent and up from its 2010-2011 5-year rate of 87.4 percent.

Clinton High School had a 4-year cohort graduation rate of 92.5 percent in 2012-2013. In 2011-2012 the rate was 93.6 percent and in 2010-2011 the rate was 95 percent.

Clinton’s 5-year-rate was 95.4 in 2012-2103; 97 percent in 2011-2012; and 88.7 percent in 2010-2011.

Parkview School District had a 4-year cohort graduation rate of 97.6 in 2012-2013. In 2011-2012 the 4-year rate was 88 percent and in 2010-2011 the 4-year rate was 89 percent.

Parkview’s 5-year-rate was 89.3 percent in 2012-2103; 90.2 percent in 2011-2012; and 92.7 percent in 2010-2011.