SHS graduation rate improving, but still a concern

Scottsbluff School Superintendent Rick Myles says even though Scottsbluff has made some strides, the latest data on graduation rates still concerns the district.

The data released Friday from the Nebraska Department of Education shows the graduation rate for the past year at Scottsbluff High at 81%, down from 85% the previous year, but still an improvement from the 73% rate two years ago that was one of the lowest in the state.

The graduation rate measures the number of students in a ninth grade class that graduate on a timely basis when they are seniors, in this case the 43 students who did not graduate as scheduled in 2012-2013. Myles says while the district has reduced the dropout rate in the senior year to one percent, the biggest issue they face is making sure students are progressing in the freshman and sophomore years when there is the greatest chance of students leaving school.

Myles says while the district is having success with its alternative education programs such as Re-Connect and Choices, many of the students who left school early had significant issues in their life that dropped school lower on their priority list.

Gering continues to have a significantly higher graduation rate, 92% for the 2012-2013 year.

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