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OSPI Releases Data to Help Improve Graduation Rates

OLYMPIA — March 10, 2016 — A high school diploma is one way to know a student is ready for a career, college and life. The graduation rate is one way to know if the K-12 system is meeting the needs of all students. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) today released an update to the graduation data and analytics that will help school districts as they work to increase their graduation rates and improve equity among student groups.

Today’s release adds 2015 data into the percentage of students who graduate from high school in four or five years, by district and student group. Washington’s current “extended” graduation rate — the percentage of students who graduate within five years — is more than 80 percent.

If they earn a diploma, they have a much better chance for success as adults.

“Our goal is to support student learning every step of the way,” State Superintendent Randy Dorn said. “We need to make sure we’re meeting the needs of these kids so they can be successful citizens. If they earn a diploma, they have a much better chance for success as adults.”

OSPI is taking a closer look at key performance indicators that lead to student success. These data sets will help school districts identify opportunities to improve equity between student groups and learn from each other about what works.

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School districts can use the analytics tool to compare themselves to the state numbers and to other districts with similar demographics, paying close attention to student groups that may be struggling.

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About OSPI
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

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   Updated 3/10/2016

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