Wisconsin Among Top States For High School Graduation Rates

Officials Say Numbers Even Better When Older Students Are Included


Wisconsin’s high school graduation rates are among the highest in the country, according to new federal figures just released by the state Department of Public Instruction.

Iowa has the highest four-year graduation rate at 90 percent, while Wisconsin is tied for No. 2 alongside Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Texas — all with rates at 88 percent.

John Johnson, a DPI spokesman, said students with disabilities can stay in public schools until they’re 21 and that the state’s constitution also allows any student to stay in school until the age of 20.

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“We know that some students take more than four years. This is a four-year graduation rate. I can tell you that our five-year and our six-year rates are in the ’90s,” said Johnson.

Johnson said Wisconsin’s six-year graduation rate is 91.3 percent.

Oregon, meanwhile, has the lowest four-year rate at 69 percent.