[Indiana State School Supt. Glenda Ritz]
State school officials say the overall graduation rate for 2013 is largely the same as the year before. But State School Superintendent Glenda Ritz says "when you dig into the data it becomes clear" more students are getting a diploma without a waiver and are passing their year-end exams. Specifically, the non-waiver rate went up by over one-percent, to nearly 82-percent according to graduation data released today for the 2012-2013 school year.
The data show that the state’s non-waiver graduation rate was 81.72%, up from 80.46% in 2012. The overall graduation rate for all schools was 88.6%, virtually unchanged from the prior year’s rate of 88.7%. State education officials say non-waiver data is important for federal reporting requirements, as well as providing a more full picture of the number of students that are successfully passing their end of course assessments.
“There is some encouraging information in this release,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. “While the overall graduation rate is largely the same as it was in 2012, when you dig into the data it becomes clear that more of our students are graduating without a waiver and passing their end of course assessments. This is a crucial step in ensuring that our students graduate from high school both college and career ready.”
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