April 17, 2014

Logansport graduation rate rises again

IDOE data shows statewide rate unchanged

by Sarah Einselen
News editor

---- — 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.

Pioneer High School seniors graduated at a rate of 88.5 percent, out of 61 students in the cohort. Caston High School graduated 85 percent of the students in its 2013 cohort of 60 students, the smallest in the area.

Winamac Community High School's graduation rate in 2013 was 92.3 percent, in a cohort of 91 students. That's up from 91.9 percent in 2012.

Carroll High School in Flora graduated 90.5 of the 84 students in its 2013 cohort.

"Fifty percent were honors diplomas, so I'm very proud of the class of 2013," Carroll Superintendent Chris Lagoni said. "It just shows the academic rigor of the top-notch group."

The rate represents a slight drop from the 95.9 percent graduation rate the school saw in 2012, but "that group performed very well," Lagoni said. The graduation rate was at 92.9 percent in both 2011 and 2010.

Delphi High School graduated 91.3 percent of the 127 students in its 2013 cohort, compared to 95.2 percent in 2012.

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