The Sheboygan Area School District (SASD) is proud to report a trend of increasing graduation rates, with a 94.9% legacy graduation rate reported for the 2010-11 school year (graduating class of 2011). This rate shows nearly a half percent increase over last year and over a 4% increase compared to the 2009 graduation rate. The SASD legacy graduation rate is significantly above the state average.
“We are very encouraged to see another increase in our graduation rates. It is a top priority to see all students graduate, in a timeframe and program that fits their individual needs. Seeing increases in the legacy rate or the cohort rate is a positive thing for students; more students are reaching the goal of high school graduation,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Sheehan.
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 also increased in 2010-11 to 89.9% (up from 88.6%).
The 5 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)
** Riverview Academy results are not reported for 2011 because it was a program of North and South High Schools and student data was included with their home school.