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Duneland graduation rates improved over last year

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The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) recently released its graduation rate data for the 2018-2019 school year.

Both the statewide averages for state waiver and non-waiver graduation rates fell slightly in 2019, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick said in an IDOE press release.

“Every day, school administrators and classroom teachers across our state dedicate themselves to academically preparing our students for success,” McCormick said. “There is still work to be done, and the Department will continue to commit its resources to local districts, working together to ensure our children graduate prepared for life beyond high school.”

Those interested can find a spreadsheet of statewide, corporation-wide, and school specific graduation data at

Two Graduation Rates

The IDOE issues two graduation rates for each school and school corporation: “state” and “federal” rates. The dual-grading system is a product of differences in federal and state accountability standards since the passage of the federal Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Under ESSA, General Diplomas awarded don’t count toward a school’s graduation rate, the law instead gives precedence to Core40 or Honors diplomas. ESSA also mandates that the federal graduation rate is the rate used to determine accountability grades for schools.

Indiana’s average federal graduation rate was 86.46% for 2019--a slight backwards slide from 87.23% in 2018.

Porter County Schools

Duneland--and all Porter County schools--came in above the average state waiver rate of 87.29%, which, like the average federal rate is slightly down from 2018 (88.1%).

Duneland’s state waiver graduation rate and Duneland’s federal graduation rates are the same: 92.74%. Both are small improvements over 2018, when Duneland’s state waiver rate was 92.17% and its federal rate was 91.81%.

Duneland had the lowest graduation rate in the County last year, but this year it came in the middle of the pack, edging ahead of Porter Township Schools, Portage Townships Schools, and Valparaiso Community Schools.

Metropolitan School District of Boone Township was top of the pack again this year, with 98% for both state waiver and federal rates. Last year, MSD Boone was the only Porter County school corporation to achieve a 100% graduation rate, and it did so by both state and federal standards.

However, the only individual school in the County that achieved 100-percent graduation rates in 2019--Morgan Township Middle/High School--belongs to East Porter County School Corporation. 2019 is also the second consecutive year Morgan Township Middle/High School achieved 100-percent graduation rates by both state and federal standards.

Here’s how other school corporations in Porter County fared in state and federal graduation rates.

Valparaiso Community Schools (Valparaiso High School)

State: 91.82%

Federal: 91.82%

Portage Township Schools (Portage High School)

State: 90.84%

Federal: 90.69%

East Porter County School Corporation (Morgan Township Middle/High School, Washington Township Middle/High School, and Kouts Middle/High School)

State: 98.03%

Federal: 97.55%

Porter Township School Corporation (Boone Grove High School)

State: 91.67%

Federal: 91.67%

Union Township School Corporation (Wheeler High School)

State: 95.06%

Federal: 95.06%

Metropolitan School District of Boone Township (Hebron High School)

State: 98%

Federal: 98%



Posted 1/9/2020






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