Some local schools perform better than state graduation rate average

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Graduation rates for Utah high school students were released Monday, and some Northern Utah schools fared very well. Many performed better than the state average (which increased 1.4 percentage points to 86%), while others fell below that mark.

According to a press release, InTech Collegiate High School saw back-to-back years of a <a href=”http://www.cachevalleydaily.com/news/local/article_1d73bde0-dbde-11e7-b493-2b75ebfc59cb.html” target=”_blank”>100% graduation rate</a>. InTech is a charter school that strongly emphasizes STEM coursework.

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The <a href=”https://www.schools.utah.gov/file/d72ce1cd-7244-4496-bc6b-a2be9c63de8e” target=”_blank”>Utah State Board of Education</a> does not declare exact percentages above 98% to protect the privacy of any students who may not have graduated with their peers, but it did declare that Ridgeline High School was at-or-equal-to 98% with its first graduating class.

Overall, the Cache County School District fared the best among Cache, Box Elder, Logan and Rich districts. The overall graduation rate for the Cache County School District was 95%, a one-percent increase over last year. Individually, Sky View had the next best graduation rate behind Ridgeline at 96%, followed by Cache High (92%) and Mountain Crest (91%). 

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The graduation rate at Cache High represents a significant increase. In 2015, the graduation rate at Cache High was 75%. Two years later it has increased by 17 percentage points. Mountain Crest, however, fell four percentage points from 2016 to 2017.

The Logan City School District improved one percentage point from 84% to 85% for 2017 with a total of 436 students graduating. Fast Forward High School, a charter school located next to Bridgerland Technical College, saw a three percent decline in its graduation rate. In 2016, the graduation rate was 80% but in 2017 it was 77%.

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The graduation rate for 2017 in the Box Elder District was 84%, but that represented a four percent decrease over 2015. From 2016 to 2017, rates at Bear River High School fell from 94% to 92%; rates at Box Elder High School fell from 89% to 88%; and, rates at Dale Young Community High fell from 56% to 35%.

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Graduation rates in the Rich County School District saw an increase as they jumped from at-or-equal-to 90% to at-or-equal-to 95%.

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According to the official report issued by the Utah State Board of Education, there were higher graduation rates among American Indian, Hispanic, Pacific Islander and white students, along with increases among economically disadvantaged students or those learning English. The only group that did not see an increase were Asians whose graduation rate remained the same.

Overall, the state has seen steady increases in graduation rates and declines in dropout rates. In 2013, the state graduation rate was 81% with a dropout rate of 16%. In 2017, the state graduation rate improved to 86% while the dropout rate dipped to 11%.

“American Indians had an especially notable increase with their graduation rate increasing by 9 percentage points over the past 5 years and by 4 percentage points over the last year,” the report states. “The graduation rate for Hispanic/Latino and Pacific Islander students also increased significantly over the past 5 years with increases of 9 percentage points.”

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