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Washington’s graduation rate nearly 80 percent statewide

Feb 23, 2017

On-time graduation rates for the class of 2016, in Washington’s inched closer to 80 percent for all students, according to data released Wednesday by the state superintendent’s office.

About 79 percent of all students in the class of 2016 graduated within four years, compared with 78 percent the year before and 76 percent in 2013.

 The nation’s high school graduation rate was 83 percent for the class of 2015 school year, the most recent data available.

Broken down by gender, the statewide rate was 82 percent for females and 76 percent for males. Those rates are up from three years before, when they were 80 percent and 72 percent, respectively.

Here in Okanogan County, the Pateros School District had the highest on time graduation rate of 100 percent for both male and female students.  The Methow Valley School District had 100 percent on time rate for males students, but just 89.5 percent for females.  Other schools within the county showed varying rates: Omak had 80 percent for female students, and 74.5 percent for males; Okanogan 83.4 percent for females, and 82.4 percent for males; Tonasket 90.9 percent for females and 67.7 percent for males; Oroville 75 percent for females, 95 percent for males; and Brewster 71 percent for females, and 76 percent for males.

Among racial subgroups, Asian students had the highest graduation rate, at 89 percent, while American Indian/Alaskan Native had the lowest, at 61 percent. However, the American Indian/Alaskan Native rate made the most improvement, up from 53 percent for the class of 2013.

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