The Sheboygan Area School District (SASD) is proud to report a 94.5% legacy graduation rate for the 2009-10 school year (graduating class of 2010). This rate is nearly a 4% increase over the previous year’s graduation rate of 90.7%. The SASD graduation rate is higher than the state average and also exceeded the state required Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) benchmark of an 85% graduation rate.
Each year under the federal education law No Child Left Behind (NCLB), all Wisconsin public schools and districts must meet the state’s Adequate Yearly Progress Objective for graduation. High schools must have graduation rates of at least 85% or show an increase of at least 2% over the prior year.
All SASD high schools, with the exception of George D. Warriner High School, exceeded the AYP benchmark. Notably, South High School’s graduation rate increased 7.5% over last year, to 97% legacy graduation rate. Etude High School had a 100% legacy graduation rate and North High School increased 2.5% to a 93.4% legacy graduation rate.
In the 2009-10 school year, nine credit deficient high school seniors enrolled in an online credit recovery program offered through Warriner High School. Four students succeeded in the online environment and graduated. Five students were not able to make up enough credits to graduate. While the Warriner High School graduation rate was lowered because of this effort, overall the SASD and our students benefitted because five students who were not on track to graduate were able to graduate on time. Warriner High School graduates, on average, 30 students per year and offers a rigorous, personalized curriculum for each student.
In addition to Wisconsin’s legacy graduation rate, the state is using the new federally required four-year adjusted cohort to compute a graduation rate. The Sheboygan Area School District’s four-year cohort graduation rate for 2009-10 is 88.6%. The 5.9 point difference between the four-year and legacy rates is attributed to the differences in each formula.
The main difference between the two rates is that the four-year cohort rate is measuring the percent of students who graduate with a regular diploma in four years. The legacy rate is measuring the number of students who graduate in a given year, regardless of how many years a student has been in high school. All school districts are required to provide educational services for students with disabilities, if needed, until the age of 21. Additionally all districts are required to identify students who are “at-risk” of not graduating from high school and, like the SASD, may provide special opportunities or alternative programs. These, and other special situations, may require more than four years to graduate.
The Sheboygan Area School District is proud to be able to provide a quality education for all students. The SASD works diligently to meet the varying needs of all students to prepare them for their next step in life.
Data compiled from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website (WINSS data)