Graduation Rate Improves for Fifth Year

WDE   1-23-19

The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) announced today that high school graduation rates increased to 81.7 percent in 2017-18, which marked the fifth consecutive year of improvement from the class of 2013’s 77.6 percent graduation rate.

Full graduation rate statistics are available here.

“We set high goals for graduation rates in our plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act, and this increase – for a fifth straight year – just proves that when we work hand-in-hand with our school districts, good things continue to happen,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow. “Raising the graduation rate is a conscious, concerted effort by all. For students getting a high school diploma is a watershed moment – and it means they are now ready to start a career, go off to college, or join the military.”

Fifteen Wyoming school districts posted graduation rates of 90 percent or above:

  • Fremont #2: 100.00%
  • Fremont #6: 100.00%
  • Park #16: 100.00%
  • Sheridan #3: 100.00%
  • Lincoln #1:  97.50%
  • Sublette #1:  97.18%
  • Weston #7:  95.45%
  • Big Horn #2:  94.74%
  • Platte #2:  93.33%
  • Uinta #4:  93.22%
  • Sweetwater #2:  92.34%
  • Big Horn #4:  91.30%
  • Platte #1:  91.18%
  • Big Horn #3:  90.91%
  • Park #1:  90.48%

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 September 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.