By Mary Waggoner, Everett School District’s Director of Communications.
For Everett Public Schools, a decade’s worth of work toward the goal of 100 percent graduation is continuing to pay off.
The Everett School District saw more than a two percent jump in those graduating in four and five years.
It takes the state a year to calculate a number that districts around the state eagerly await each spring –statistics for last year’s graduating class.
More than eight out of ten (84.4 percent) of the students in the class of 2013 graduated in four years, which the U.S. Department of Education considers on time.
Those who extended their high school experience to five years increased the district’s graduation rate to an impressive 88.5 percent. The Department of Education calls this the five-year graduation rate.
“In each case, the graduation rates for both classes of students are more than two and a half percent higher than it was the previous year, and this is on top of a healthy increase the year before. Quality instruction, personalized intervention and strong community support are critical to producing these impressive individual student achievements,” noted Superintendent Gary Cohn when the results were announced.
Four-year graduation rate (students who graduated in four years)
- 2011 - 82.4%
- 2012 - 81.8%
- 2013 - 84.4%
- Increase from 2012 to 2013 = 2.6%
Five-year graduation rate (students who graduated in five years)
- 2010 - 84.2%
- 2011 - 85.8%
- 2012 - 88.5%
- Increase from 2011 to 2012 - 2.7%