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Indiana graduation rates increase in 2020

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INDIANAPOLIS — On Friday, the Indiana Department of Education released the 2020 state graduation rate, which increased from 87.29% in 2019 to 87.6%.

“This modest improvement in Indiana’s 2020 graduation rate is encouraging, especially as Hoosier students and educators have tackled unprecedented challenges throughout the pandemic,” said Dr. Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education. “As evidenced by data and research, we know a person’s educational attainment impacts their future quality of life, health, living wage employment and sustained earning. That’s why it’s critical we continue to increase the number of students graduating from high school, as well as encourage strategic K-12, postsecondary and employer partnerships to maximize lifelong success for every Hoosier student.”

The 2020 state graduation rate reflects the State Board of Education’s waiver of the Graduation Qualifying Exam requirement for the 2020 cohort, which could not be administered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Seven school districts statewide achieved a graduation rate of 100%. These schools are: Adams Central Community Schools, Barr-Reeve Community Schools, Attica Consolidated School Corp., South Knox School Corp., MSD Boone Township, Signature School Inc. and Rock Creek Community Academy.

Due to differences between federal and state accountability equations and standards, IDOE also released 2020 federal graduation rates. In 2020, Indiana’s federal graduation rate was 87.01%. Indiana’s federal graduation rate for 2019 was 86.46%.

Locally, North Montgomery (92.36%), Southmont (88.36%), Western Boone (95.20%) and Covington (96.92%) had graduation rates above the 2020 state rate. Schools belowe the state rate are Crawfordsville (85.86%), Parke Heritage (84.93%) and Fountain Central (81.82%).

State graduation rates for area high schools in 2019 were: Crawfordsville (84.95%), North (95.48%), Southmont (97.48%), Fountain Central (89.02%), Western Boone (98.43%), Parke Heritage (87.21%), Attica (98%) and Covington (95.65%).

To view a spreadsheet with statewide, corporation and school level graduation data visit: https://www.doe.in.gov/accountability/find-school-and-corporation-data-reports.

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