State report shows highs and lows of HS grad rates

Nov 10, 2015 From staff reports

Arapahoe Charter High School recorded the lowest graduation rate among Wyoming schools for 2013-2014, at 4 percent, according to an annual report from the Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Fort Washakie High School had the third-lowest graduation rate for the same year, at 12.5 percent.

In Lander, Pathfinder High School graduated less than half (43.75 percent) of its eligible students in 2013-2014.

Wyoming Indian High School's graduation rate was 51.06 percent for the same year.

Dubois High School showed a 75 percent graduation rate for 2013-2014, and Riverton High School graduated 77.23 percent of its eligible students that same year.

Lander Valley High School recorded an 80.73 percent graduation rate for 2013-2014.

Shoshoni High School's rate was 86.21 percent, and Wind River High School topped the list for Fremont County with a graduation rate of 92.59 percent.

Annual report

The numbers were included in the Wyoming Department of Education report to the legislature on the general status of Wyoming public schools.

By state statute, the state superintendent must prepare a report on the general status of all public schools for the legislature no later than Oct. 15 each year.

In her report submitted Oct. 15, 2015, Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow said Wyoming needs to do a "better job" of targeting and supporting the most underachieving schools when it comes to high school graduation rates.

Another shortfall Balow identified in this year's report involved a "high a deleterious" turnover rate for Wyoming superintendents.

According to Dan Stephan, the executive director of the Wyoming Association of School Administrators, 93 percent of Wyoming district superintendents are new to their position in the last four years.

"This is due in part to a shortage (or) incapability of meaningful networking and mentoring opportunities for Wyoming district leadership," Balow said in her report.

Many of the same challenges exist for principals in Wyoming.

"Education leaders' jobs are complex and isolating," Balow said in her report. "Leaders lack the ongoing support and development needed to foster a sustained commitment at this level."

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