On Thursday, January 24, the Oregon Department of Education released graduation rates for school districts in Oregon. These are 2017-18 graduation rates.
The Morrow County School District improved its overall graduation rate by more than five percentage points, from 77.84% in 2016-17 to 82.86% for 2017-18. This is the four-year cohort rate, which means students who earned their regular diplomas within four years of high school. The 2017-18 four-year cohort consists of students who first entered high school in 2014-15.
ODE also reported the four-year cohort completer rate, which includes students who earned a standard high school diploma, as well as those who were awarded an extended high school diploma, adult high school diploma, or GED (General Education Diploma), within the four years being measured. Morrow County’s four-year completer rate is 89.14%. Dirk Dirksen, district superintendent, said the district had 10 students who earned their GEDs and are included in that rate.
Here are graduation rates for individual MCSD high schools:
4-Year Rate 4-Year Completer Rate
Irrigon Jr/Sr High 80.52 87.01
Heppner Jr/Sr High 76.19 85.71
Riverside High School 92.86 95.71
District 82.86 89.14
Dirksen said the district continues to focus on strategies to improve graduation. “Everyone in our school buildings, including administration, teachers and support staff, are working on ways to help more and more students reach the goal of graduation,” Dirksen said.
For more information on graduation rates, visit the ODE website.