There was some moderately good news today out of the Education Department. The graduation rate for Wyoming high schools has gone up. But it is still below the national rate of 81%. Here is the official announcement and a link to the complete statistical analysis.

CHEYENNE - High school graduation rates in Wyoming increased slightly for the 2014-15 school year, according to information released by the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) today. Full graduation rate statistics are available HERE.

“We applaud the efforts of our high schools to graduate more students last year, however we are not where we want to be,” said State Superintendent Jillian Balow. “Graduation is the gateway to next steps: college, career, and military. Every student should be graduating from high school. We will intensify our support to struggling schools and focus on diversifying education experiences for students.”

The Every Student Succeeds Act requires close monitoring of graduation rates and intentional work to ensure individual student growth.