A new state report ranks all of the state’s high schools by graduation rate. That number will become more important as states move toward the “Common Core” educational standards.
The report from the Nebraska Department of Education shows Hartington High School graduating nearly 87% of its students last school year and Crofton High graduating almost 98%.
Randy Anderson, superintendent for both districts, says there are always factors that affect individual students.
“The numbers don’t always reflect what’s actually transpiring,” Anderson says. “Sometimes students will perhaps have to attend an alternative school or a special educational school.”
Anderson says they always target a high graduation rate. He says, “It would be great to have 100% but that doesn’t always transpire, just simply because of extenuating circumstances.”
He says it’s a balance between high academic standards and making sure every student achieves the goals and graduates.
Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton