News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 11, 2013

Vigo school district celebrates significant improvement in graduation rates

Staff Report
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The Vigo County School Corp.’s high school graduation rate jumped to 92.2 percent for 2011-12, which is higher than the state average of 87.9 percent.

In addition, the school district’s graduation rate is the highest among the 10 largest districts that comprise the Indiana Urban School Districts.

Of those 10 districts, only Vigo County and one other — the Metropolitan School District of Perry Township — surpassed the state average.

“I think it’s the greatest day ever in terms of our graduation rate,” Superintendent Dan Tanoos said during a news conference this afternoon attended by several community leaders.

Tanoos attributed the success to the hard work of many, including teachers, administrators, parents, students, the School Board, all VCSC staff and community partners.

The graduation rate has steadily grown, from 73.4 percent in 2007 to 92.2 percent this past year.

Tanoos said the graduation rate is especially significant given the community’s poverty rate. About 56 percent of VCSC students now qualify for free/reduced lunches.

Board President Paul Lockhart said, “This has been truly a joint team effort.”

He added, “We all know the importance of a high school education both in terms of lifetime earnings as well as opening other educational opportunities. Many employers today won’t even consider a person for a job unless they do have at least a high school education.”