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NWI high school graduation rates range from 60.2 percent to 98.4 percent

District graduation rates 2011 2012

Lake County

Gary 67.5 60.2

Hammond 73.7 68.4

East Chicago 67 75.7

Munster 95.7 97.2

Highland 92.8 90.7

Griffith 91 84.3

Whiting 92.1 81.7

Lake Ridge 79.6 85.1

Lake Station 70,8 67.9

River Forest 75.7 77.2

Hobart 90.5 93.2

Merrillvill 90.1 88.6

Crown Point 93.7 97.4

Lake Central 89.9 92.8

Lowell 87.5 95.6

Hanover 90.1 92.4

Porter County

Valparaiso 90.8 91.8

Portage 88.4 90.7

Porter 83.5 89.8

Union 95.2 95.4

Boone Twp 90.8 97.5

Duneland 89.8 91.4

East Porter 95.5 94.3

Updated: April 7, 2013 6:11AM



Indiana students graduated at a higher rate than ever during the 2011-2012 school year — 87.9 percent, which is 1.1 percent higher than the previous school year and a more than 10 percent improvement over the past six years.

The preliminary data released online Tuesday by the Indiana Department of Education inch the state ever closer to its goal of 90 percent. The graduation rate includes waivers, which schools can apply for to allow students who don’t test well to graduate.

Nearly half — 49.6 percent — of all graduates achieved a Core 40 diploma, while 32.3 percent received an honors diploma and 18 percent received a general diploma.

In Northwest Indiana, the picture was a bit more complicated, with some districts improving and others experiencing significant drops.

East Porter County Schools’ Morgan Township High School set the highest graduation rate in Northwest Indiana with 98.4 percent, and in Lake County Crown Point High School graduated 97.4 percent of its seniors.

Urban districts in Gary and Hammond experienced sharp declines in graduation rates, with Hammond dropping 5.3 percent to 68.4 percent and Gary dropping 7.3 percent to 60.2 percent. Graduation rates at all of Hammond’s high schools declined, but only 61.4 percent of seniors at Hammond High School graduated compared to 74.7 percent in 2010-2011.

Gary high schools’ graduation rates declined, but the graduation rate Wirt/Emerson School for the Visual and Performing Arts dropped by 18.5 percent, with only 75.6 percent of seniors graduating.

East Chicago students improved by more than 8 percentage points to a 75.7 percent graduation rate.

Seven high schools in Lake County reached the state goal of 90 percent — Munster, Highland, Hobart, Crown Point, Lake Central, Lowell and Hanover Central.

All but one high school in Porter County surpassed the 90 percent graduation rate, and the remaining school — East Porter County Schools’ Washington Township High School — was only 1.1 percent away from making the list.

Hebron High School showed a significant gain from 90.8 percent to 97.5 percent, as did Boone Grove High School gaining 6.3 percent from 83.5 percent to 89.8 percent.



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