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April 17, 2014

Logansport graduation rate rises again

IDOE data shows statewide rate unchanged

Logansport High School's graduation rate jumped almost 2 percentage points to 92.9 percent in 2013, data released Wednesday show.

The Indiana Department of Education released graduation data for the 2012-2013 school year Wednesday. The data show that the overall graduation rate for all schools was 88.6 percent, virtually unchanged from the prior year’s rate of 88.7 percent.

The state’s non-waiver graduation rate was 81.7 percent, up from 80.5 percent in 2012. Non-waiver data is important for federal reporting requirements, as well as providing a more full picture of the number of students that are successfully passing their end-of-course assessments.

Logansport's graduation rate reached 92.9 percent, 1.8 percentage points over the 2012 rate of 91.1 percent, according to data tables released by the IDOE. Its cohort of students numbered 254.

Principal Matt Jones said he's "very happy" with the rate, which reflects a 89.4 percent graduation rate among students who receive free or reduced-price meals. Among students dubbed English language learners, the graduation rate was 90 percent.

Jones referred to a number of strategies he said had begun to come to fruition, like credit recovery labs and extended semesters to keep students on track to graduate and an alternative school.

"Now we're starting to reap the benefits of those type of programs that keep students on track for graduation," he said.

At Lewis Cass High School, 87.8 percent of the 123 students in the 2013 cohort graduated, up from a 70.5 percent graduation rate in 2012. That year, administrators attributed the uncharacteristically low rate to a difficult cohort of students.

"I'm pleased that the numbers are up," outgoing Principal Mark Karmel said. "We were very conscious of our previous graduation rate. While it was a difficult cohort, we also as teachers, educators, put a lot of hard work into it as well."

The school's remediation program and increased emphasis on analyzing student data likely contributed to the school's identifying students' needs and ultimately helping them succeed, he added.

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