CHEYENNE — Uinta County’s three school districts graduate most of its seniors following the four year span with the Valley attaining the best percentage over District #1.
As for the Valley, Mountain View District #4 has the highest graduation level of all three districts, 86.8 percent. They are followed by Lyman District #6 with a graduation percentage of 84.9 percent. Evanston District ! follows with an 82.16 percent and the Horizon School in Evanston has only a 26.7 percent graduation rate.
These figures were released this week by the Wyoming Department of Education and are based on the Federal Graduation Rates for the 2019-20 Cohort year.
The report goes on to explain the rates are based on a cohort year, which is a groupoing of studentsexpected to graduate on-time (4 years) at the end of the same school year (the cohort year). The bulk of each cohort consists of all the Wyoming students entering 9th grade in the same year, which is then adjusted for students transferring in and out of state.
Both Lyman and Mountain View had an expected 53 students to graduate. When the districts handed out diplomas, Mountain View graduated 46 students from this group while Lyman graduated 45.
Evanston had an expected 155 students while only 1128 graduated, and eight of the 30 expected at Horizon graduated.
Statewide, according to a press release by the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) announced Wednesday, high school graduation rates increased to 82.3 percent in 2019-20, marking the seventh consecutive year of improvement from the class of 2013, where 77.6 percent of students graduated.
“When we work hand-in-hand with our school districts to make sure every student can succeed, good things happen,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow. “Wyoming continues to set high standards for our graduates, which is reflected in our plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act, and evidenced in the graduation rate increase. That it’s our seventh-consecutive year for an increase demonstrates that our plans, our partnerships, are working.”
Eighteen Wyoming school districts posted graduation rates of 90 percent or above, up from 15 districts last year. Three of these were in southwest Wyoming and included Sublette #9 - 95.6percent, Lincoln #1 – 95.1 percent and Sweetwater #2 - 90.0 percent.
Since the 2009-10 school year, the WDE has calculated graduation rates using the Federal Four-Year Adjusted Cohort Methodology established by the U.S. Department of Education, complying with federal law that requires all states to calculate graduation rates the same way. Students are counted in the four-year, “on-time,” high school graduation rate if they earn a diploma by Sept. 15 following their cohort’s fourth year. Five and six year graduation rates are also calculated, and can be viewed with the rest of the graduation rate data