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Evergreen Public Schools graduation rate continues to rise, outpacing state and peer districts - 12/05/18

More than 87.5 percent of students graduated on time from Evergreen Public Schools in June 2018, and the total rises to nearly 90 percent as students recover credits and pass required tests after completing their senior year according to results recently released by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). That compares to the 2018 state average of 79.3 percent for on-time graduation and 82.4 percent for those students completing graduation requirements in five years.  Last year, peer districts (those with similar enrollment and demographics) report on-time graduation rates ranging from 78.8 to 82 percent with an extended graduation rate of 85 to 85.9 percent.

Each of the six high schools within the district-Evergreen, Henrietta Lacks (HeLa), Heritage, Legacy, Mountain View and Union-have made gains over the past three years in improving on-time graduation. “We have been thoughtful and methodical in identifying students early in their high school career who may struggle and need additional assistance. It could be anything from improving attendance, to reducing test-taking anxiety to looking for a personalized approach to a subject,” said Bill Oman, Executive Director of Secondary Education. “In particular, we have two high schools-Legacy and Heritage – that have made great strides in helping students succeed and successfully get to graduation.”

“The Board of Directors has set a goal they feel so strongly about that they call it our ‘Mega Result,” which states: students will graduate prepared for personal success in their choice of career and/or post-secondary education, committed to contribute to the common good and motivated to continue the pursuit of knowledge throughout their lives,” said Superintendent John Steach. “We are making substantial progress in ensuring students achieve this goal.”

Washington State graduation requirements, which must be achieved by public school students in order to be eligible for a diploma, can be found at: http://www.k12.wa.us/GraduationRequirements.

Evergreen Public Schools, with over 24,000 students and 3,300 staff members, is the sixth largest school district in the state, and the third largest employer in Clark County

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