Superintendent of Public Instruction announces improved graduation rates: 80.9%, up 1.6 percentage points

Washington shows continued improvement in boosting the high school graduation rate. Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal announced recently,

The results were included with OSPI’s release of a new state Report Card.

For the fifth year in a row, the 4-year statewide graduation rate has grown, breaking another record, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced today. The 4-year graduation rate in the 2017–18 school year was 80.9 percent, an increase of 1.6 percentage points from the previous year.

The 4-year graduation rate reflects the percentage of students who started the ninth grade at the same time and graduated four years later.
The graduation rate for students who graduated within five years also hit an all-time high at 82.7 percent in 2018.

As we’ve written before, our state’s high school graduation rates have lagged the national average, although there are inconsistencies in how states report their data that may influence rankings.

From the press release, 

“We are excited to see graduation rates rise again, even as the rigor of the diploma has increased,” said Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “For years, our educators and school districts have worked hard to create systems to ensure more of our most vulnerable learners are getting the supports they need. Rising graduation rates are a reflection of those efforts.”