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PHS Graduation Rate Continue to Increase

May 16, 2013

  05/17/13  Graduation rates from high schools all across the state of Indiana rose some 2 percentage points topping off at 88.6 percent for the 2011-2012 school year. This figure was a breaking record set from the previous year’s percentage of 86.6.

The 88. 6 percentages is the highest score recorded since the state implemented the standard four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate in 2005.To arrive at the calculations, the state groups students based on class to measure the percentage of students who graduate in four years or less.

Students are reported to the state when they enter ninth grade for the first time. Students may be added to the cohort in grades 10, 11, or 12 if they entered public or non-accredited non-public school in Indiana for the first time. They are assigned to school’s cohort based on the last reported school in which the student was enrolled.

Students can only be moved out of a cohort for the following: Transfer to a public or non-public school, withdrawal by parents for home schooling, transfer out of state, incarceration or placement by court order, or withdrawing from school before graduation. Other considerations include a student who has moved to an accredited institution of higher learning, missing in terms of location, or reported to Indiana Clearing House for Missing Children and endangered adults.

Schools do get credit for students who graduated early, but they would be counted in the cohort in the year in which they were expected to graduate.

Plymouth High School made a substantial increase to 91.6 percent, up from 88.6 percent last year.

PHS Principal Jim Condon, who is in his sixth year in the Plymouth system, said, “PHS is pleased with the growth in our graduation rate. Work remains to be done however.” He added, “We will continue to stress content knowledge in our classrooms coupled with the need to promote interest and engagement on behalf our students.” “This can only be accomplished by developing effective working relationships with our students. “ Condon said.

Plymouth Superintendent Dan Tyree said, “The biggest factor in graduation rates is the relationships formed by teachers and their students.”

Bremen High School also saw a positive results coming in at 96.2 percent. Argos remains at the low end of percentages, but did increase to 81.1 percent almost nine percentage points above last year. Triton rose to 93.8 percent, up for m 85.5 percent in 2011.

Carol Anders