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Duneland graduation rate lowest in the county

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The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) recently released its graduation rate data for the 2017-2018 school year.

The IDOE said in a press release Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick said the improvement shows schools’ commitments to student academic success. “While there is still work to be done, we will continue to partner with local districts to ensure every student graduates prepared for life beyond high school,” said McCormick.

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

Two Graduation Rates

Similar to school grades issued in fall, the IDOE has issued two graduation rates for each school and school corporation.

IDOE calculated state and federal graduation rates. Despite its name, the “federal” rate and the state rate are both determined and assigned by the IDOE.

As with school grades, the double reporting is a product of differences in federal and state accountability standards since the passage of the federal Every Student 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 state grades for schools.

Indiana’s average federal waiver graduation rate was 87.23 percent for 2018.

Porter County Schools

Duneland--and all Porter County schools--were above the average state waiver rate of 88.1 percent, which is up from 87.19 in 2017.

Duneland’s state waiver graduation rate is 92.17 percent. Its federal waiver graduation rate is 91.81 percent.

In each case, Duneland’s rate was the lowest of all the Porter County public schools, followed by Valparaiso and Portage Township. All the schools were within 10 percent of each other.

Only one school corporation--Metropolitan School District of Boone Township--achieved a 100 percent graduation rate, though a couple individual schools within other corporations--Morgan Township Middle/High School and Kouts Middle/High School--did.

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

Valparaiso Community Schools (Valparaiso High School)

State: 92.99 percent

Federal: 92.42 percent

Portage Township Schools (Portage High School)

State: 93.51 percent

Federal: 93.51 percent

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

State: 98.54 percent

Federal: 98.54 percent

Porter Township School Corporation (Boone Grove High School)

State: 94.57 percent

Federal: 94.57 percent

Union Township School Corporation (Wheeler High School)

State: 94.74 percent

Federal: 94.74 percent

Metropolitan School District of Boone Township (Hebron High School)

State: 100 percent

Federal: 100 percent


Posted 1/21/2019




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