For the sixth year in a row, Wisconsin placed first or second nationwide in terms of graduation rate, but more work is needed—as State Superintendent Tony Evers points out, “even one high school dropout is too many.”
Wisconsin’s graduation rate, now 91.1 percent, increased by more than four percentage points over the most recent six years of data. “We should be proud of Wisconsin’s hard working public school students, parents, and educators who make us national leaders,” Evers said.
The figures come from a recent federal report, “Public School Graduates and Dropouts from the Common Core of Data: School Year 2009–10,” which uses the Public High School Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate. Wisconsin’s annual dropout rate was computed at 2.2 percent.
“It is imperative that we keep our public schools strong. Graduating from high school is an essential step for future success,” said Evers.
“For our state budget, I proposed a number of innovative programs that make sense to help students who may be struggling and focus our efforts to have every child graduate ready for career and college.”