Iowa High School Graduation Rate Hits All-Time High

By Ellis Codjoe, March 13, 2019

The graduation rate for Iowa high school students was 91.4 percent in 2018, tops in the United States and surpassing last year’s output of 91 percent.

A majority of local school districts met or exceeded the statewide graduation rate. Here is a list of school districts in the area (in alphabetical order) and their respective graduation rates provided by the Iowa Department of Education:

  • Albia (98.61%)
  • Cardinal (97.73%)
  • Centerville (89.69%)
  • Davis County (95.83%)
  • EBF (89.83%)
  • Fairfield (89.29%)
  • Moravia (92%)
  • Moulton-Udell (100%)
  • Oskaloosa (89.41%)
  • Ottumwa (91.20%)
  • Pekin (98.36%)
  • Sigourney (90.91%)
  • Van Buren (95.52%)

Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise said:

“High school graduation is a critical step for all students because it opens the door to post secondary education and training opportunities. I’m pleased to see our graduation rates are up, reinforcing that our long-term trend is on the rise. This is a testament to the state’s committed educators and the road map we have in place for education.”

The State Board of Education has set a 95 percent goal for the entire state’s graduation rate.

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