UPDATE: Local HS Graduation Rates For 2013; Rising Sun Contends Status As State’s Lowest
By Mike Perleberg
Update published at 12:26 p.m.:
Rising Sun-Ohio County Community Schools superintendent Steve Patz says that after reviewing Rising Sun High School’s graduation data, he is certain the Indiana Department of Education’s assignment of a 65.5 percent graduation rate to the school is wrong.
“It didn’t take very long to find multiple errors,” Patz said after a morning of reviewing the 2013 graduation data Thursday.
Rising Sun schools administrators have attempted to get in touch with the appropriate people at the IDOE to have the data and graduation rate corrected. People in that department have taken a vacation day Thursday ahead of Friday’s scheduled Good Friday holiday for many state employees, Patz said.
Original story published at 9:07 a.m.:
(Rising Sun, Ind.) – A local high school has the dubious distinction of having the worst graduation rate in Indiana last year, but whether the number is accurate may be up for debate.
The Indiana Department of Education released the annual graduation data for public and private schools on Wednesday. The statewide graduation rate for public high schools was 88.6 percent for the 2012-2013 school year.
Rising Sun High School had just 65.5 percent of its seniors graduate. That’s 38 out of 58 students who should have graduated from the small school last year. By comparison, Indianapolis Public Schools and Gary Community Schools had grad rates of 68.3 and 68.9 percent, respectively, as districts.
Rising Sun-Ohio County Schools Superintendent Steve Patz said he does not believe the number from the IDOE to be accurate.
“I watched more kids cross the stage (at graduation ceremonies) than that last year,” Patz tells Eagle 99.3. “Things didn’t just fall off the face of the earth.”
Patz points to Rising Sun High School’s graduation rate in recent years. In 2012, 82.6 percent of seniors graduated. Nearly 90 percent earned their diploma in 2011.
The superintendent said he believes administrators know where the problem in the IDOE’s calculation may be and he plans to contact the department as soon as Thursday.
“We’re trying to figure out how they came to that determination so we can get it corrected,” said Patz.
Batesville High School had the highest graduation rate among public schools locally last year at 97.6 percent. Private high school Oldenburg Academy was just behind at 97.2 percent.
Most other southeast Indiana area high schools were 82 percent or better. High schools with a 94 percent or better graduation success rate were East Central, Lawrenceburg, and Switzerland County.
Only 22 high schools in the state achieved a 100 percent graduation rate, with 16 of those being non-public schools.
“There is some encouraging information in this release,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. “While the overall graduation rate is largely the same as it was in 2012, when you dig into the data it becomes clear that more of our students are graduating without a waiver and passing their end of course assessments. This is a crucial step in ensuring that our students graduate from high school both college and career ready.”
LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES