Wyoming’s high schoolers are graduating at a higher rate than in years past, and Teton County’s kids saw a significant jump over last year.
For the sixth consecutive year, the state’s four-year high school graduation rate rose, from 81.7% in the 2017-18 cohort to 82.1% for the 2018-19 senior class. The rate has increased each year since 2012-13, when 77.6% of seniors graduated in four year, making a cumulative 4.5 percentage point rise during that time.
The state follows the U.S. Department of Education’s four-year adjusted cohort methodology to calculate its graduation rate. The framework requires that students obtain a degree by Sept. 15 following their cohort’s fourth year, so it allows kids who take summer courses to graduate to still be counted in the “on-time” category.
“Wyoming has reached the highest graduation rate under this methodology, which was put in place over a decade ago,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow said in a press release. “More Wyoming students are prepared to succeed in college careers and military service.”
Teton County School District No. 1 was one of 16 districts in the state with an on-time graduation rate above 90%. The district’s 94% graduation rate was good for eighth in the state. It was a 6.2 percentage point increase over 2017-18.
Teton County students usually rank highly among those around the state, with last year being the only school year in the past five that less than 93.5% of students graduated.
Five- and six-year graduation rates are generally higher than “on-time” rates. Both have increased in Wyoming in the past five to six years, but they are not yet available for the 2018-19 cohort. Rates for five-year graduates in a class are published the year after “on-time” ones, and six-year rates are released two years after.