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Graduation rates fall at three big Vigo high schools

TERRE HAUTE — The Indiana Department of Education released graduation rate data Tuesday for the 2012-2013 school year.

The overall graduation rate for all schools was 88.6 percent, virtually unchanged from the prior year’s rate of 88.7 percent.

For the Vigo County School Corp., the overall graduation rate in 2013 was 91.1 percent, down from 93.4 percent in 2012. In 2011, it was 88.4 percent.

n At Terre Haute North Vigo, the overall graduation rate was 91 percent, down from 94.4 percent in 2012.

n At South Vigo, the overall graduation rate 92.1 percent, down from 93.6 percent the year prior.

n At West Vigo, the overall graduation rate was 94.7 percent last year, down from 97.4 percent in 2012.

n At Booker T. Washington, the overall graduation rate was 90.5 percent, up from 89.5 percent the year before.

n At McLean, the overall

graduation rate was 59.3 percent, down from 69.8 percent in 2012.

At Washington, the cohort size was 21 students and the number of graduates was 19. At McLean, the cohort size was 27, with 16 students graduating.

Karen Goeller, VCSC deputy superintendent, pointed out that the districtwide scores, as well as the scores of the three larger high schools, are above the state average.

“Our high schools should be commended for having many different strategies in place, from a comprehensive Link Crew mentoring program to individual counseling, to support students during their four years in high school,” she said.

The Student Services department has outreach liaisons who visit homes of absent students to emphasize the importance of staying in school. The district also collaborates with the Vigo County juvenile probation department to improve student attendance.

The Vigo County School Corp. district graduation rate of 91.1 percent is competitive with that of other large urban districts, according to Goeller: Indianapolis Public (68.3 percent); Fort Wayne (90.7 percent); Evansville (81.9 percent); South Bend (72.4 percent);  MSD Wayne (87.2 percent; MSD Lawrence (87.0 percent); MSD Perry (91.7 percent); Hammond (74.2 percent); and Elkhart (84.6 percent).       

Statewide, data show that the state’s nonwaiver graduation rate was 81.7 percent, up from 80.5 percent in 2012.

Nonwaiver data is important for federal reporting requirements and providing a fuller picture of the number of students who are successfully passing end-of-course assessments.

In Vigo County, the nonwaiver graduation rate is 82.6 percent, and the waiver graduation rate is 8.5 percent. Those two rates add to the overall 91.1 percent rate.

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