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Local graduation rates are well above state norm

It comes as no surprise, but students in the Lake Oswego School District graduate at higher percentages compared to students statewide, according to data released today by the Oregon Department of Education.

The data examined graduation rates based on the number of students who received a regular high school diploma within four or five years of entering high school. Students who received a GED, modified diploma, extended diploma or adult high school diploma within that timeframe are counted in completer rates, however, not graduation rates.

Oregon’s graduation levels are measured by a cohort model, which is a formula required by the federal government to calculate nationwide graduation rates. This year’s report focuses on the 2008-09 cohort, meaning students who first entered high school in the 2008-09 school year and were expected to graduate in spring of 2012.

The cohort is adjusted for students who move into or out of the system. The graduation rate is calculated by taking the number of students in the cohort who graduated with a regular diploma within four years and dividing that by the total number of students. However, some students take longer than four years to complete graduation requirements. In recognition of this, ODE calculates both a four-year rate and a five-year rate.

Graduation rates decreased slightly across the board in the district. According to 2012 data:

  • 87.68 percent of students in the district graduated in four years, down slightly from 91.30 percent in the previous year
  • 89.82 percent of students at Lakeridge High School graduated in four years, down from 92.17 percent
  • 87.68 percent of students at Lake Oswego High School graduated in four years, down from 91.30 percent
  • Students also received completer degrees (e.g., GEDs, modified diplomas) in the district. According to 2012 data, 87.68 percent of students in the district received a completer degree in four years. Data was not provided for the previous year.

    Graduation rates improved across the district, however, when examining five-year cohort graduation rates. According to 2012 data:

  • 92.22 percent of students in the district graduated in five years, up from 86.93 percent
  • 92.96 percent of students at Lakeridge High School graduated in five years, down from 96.48 percent
  • 92.60 percent of students at Lake Oswego High School students graduated within five years, up from 90.46 percent
  • Students also receive completer degrees in the Lake Oswego School District in five years. According to data for 2012, 96.69 percent of students in the district received a completer degree within five years. Data was not provided for the previous year.

    Meanwhile, numbers were up at Riverdale High School:

  • 95.45 percent of students at Riverdale High School graduated in four years, up from 90.63 percent
  • 92.06 percent of students at Riverdale High School graduated within five years, up from 85.66 percent
  • Overall, Oregon’s graduation rates increased slightly statewide in both cohorts. According to 2012 data:

  • 68.4 percent of students graduated within four years, up from 67.6 percent
  • 72.4 percent of students graduated within five years, up from 70.9 percent
  • Students across Oregon also received completer degrees. According to 2012 data, 75.07 percent of Oregon students received a completer degree in four years and 80.55 percent of students received a completer degree within five years. Data for the previous year was not provided for either cohort.

    “We currently have a 68 percent four-year high school graduation rate and an 80 percent five-year completer rate,” ODE Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton said. “All of the education reform work our state is currently undertaking is tied to dramatically increasing these numbers and better preparing our students for their next steps.”

    While comparisons can be made at the school, district and statewide level, it is difficult to compare Oregon’s graduation rates to other states.

    “All states are required to produce a cohort graduation rate but what a student needs to do in order to earn that diploma varies from state to state,” ODE Communications Director Crystall Greene said. “Some states also have slightly different formulas for calculating the cohort rate, making it difficult to compare rates between states.”

    In addition to federal tracking requirements, ODE measures graduation rates to track the state’s progress toward the 2011 legislature adopted 40-40-20 goal. Under this goal, the state is aiming for a 100 percent high school completion rate by 2025.

    “This year, we welcomed the graduating class of 2025 into our kindergartens,” Saxton said. “As a state, we have committed to an ambitious vision for education ... our current system just isn’t getting us there.

    “Moving the dial on this will require rethinking how we serve our students from early childhood through higher education. It will take bold, transformational and fearless action as we work to redesign and realign our education system to see the outcomes we need for our students.”

    — Drew Dakessian contributed to this story.




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