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.
federal graduation rate was 86.46% for 2019--a slight backwards slide from
87.23% in 2018.
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
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.
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
Here’s how other
school corporations in Porter County fared in state and federal graduation
Community Schools (Valparaiso High School)
Schools (Portage High School)
East Porter County
School Corporation (Morgan Township Middle/High School, Washington
Township Middle/High School, and Kouts Middle/High School)
School Corporation (Boone Grove High School)
School Corporation (Wheeler High School)
District of Boone Township (Hebron High School)